Complacency led to defeat: DMK
It’s complacency that cost the DMK about 25 seats in the assembly election, says a preliminary internal assessment made by the party .
The party machinery was overconfident about winning the election and went into a slumber since May 15th evening, said a DMK leader. “Everywhere, people were talking about a DMK victory and our leaders and cadres said nothing can go wrong and no major change can happen on the eve of the poll. But the results proved our assessment wrong,“ said a senior leader. At the end, the party lost by less than 5,000 votes margin in 20 seats. The margin was less than 1,500 in 12 seats, he said.
DMK made multiple mistakes in the run up to the election. Doling out 60 seats to alli ance partners, including 41 to Congress, was a grave mistake, the party’s poll analysts feel. A realistic share of seats to all the allies put together would have been 25-30, they feel. The strike rate of Congress was 19% and that of other allies was only 5%. DMK’s strike rate was much higher, at 51%. At least a dozen seats, which DMK would have easily won, were sacrificed by giving them to Congress to contest, the party feels.
The party’s assessment is that it lost about a dozen other seats from its own kitty owing to wrong choice of candidates.Coonoor candidate selection is a telling example. Independent analysts put this figure at about 30 seats. About 10 seats would have been lost on account of in-fighting and noncooperation from regional satraps, it is said.
Despite a 13% increase in vote share compared to the 2014 LS election and consolidation of minority votes both Muslims and Christians in its favour, the DMK front fell short by 20 seats. The overall difference in vote share between the two fronts was only 1.1%, but the difference in seats was 36 seats. What DMK has failed to assess is lack of cooperation from its own functionaries and cadres in seats where its alliance partners contested.
dinathanthi newspaper 02/06/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx