Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) led by rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran tops the list of Crorepatis contesting the 22 by-elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, with 19 out of 22 candidates, making a total of 86.36 per cent. Surprisingly, the ruling AIADMK and the main opposition party, the DMK, both of which fielded Crorepatis in all the 39 Lok Sabha elections in the State on April 18, have restricted themselves to 16 and 17 Crorepati candidates respectively in the 22 bypolls, according to a report released by the Movement for Election Reforms (MER). The report was released by MER Convenor R. Rangaraj.
If the top three parties in the State by-polls are taken into account, it is clear that at least two-third of the winners in the 22 bypolls will be Crorepatis. The strength of Crorepatis in the TN Assembly is likely to go up by 16 to 17. 72.72 per cent of the AIADMK candidates are Crorepatis while in the case of the DMK the percentage is higher at 77.27 per cent. Even the Makkal Needhi Maiam led by actor Kamal Haasan has 40 per cent of its candidates as Crorepatis (8 out of 20), while the fifth leading party, the Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) has not put up any Crorepati candidate in the 22 by-elections, the MER report points out.
While these five leading parties including their alliances had nearly three-fourths of their Lok sabha poll candidates as Crorepatis, the percentage of Crorepati candidates among the Big 5 parties in the Assembly by-elections has dropped to 55.55 per cent. The ruling AIADMK list of Crorepatis comes third after the AMMK and the DMK.