A REGIONAL PARTY TRIUMPHS
The New Indian Express Chennai|April 22, 2021
In 1967, the Congress party lost for the first time ever to a regional party – the DMK
S KUMARESAN

THE 1967 elections were a turning point, not just for Tamil Nadu but for the entire country. For, it was the first time that Congress ever lost to a regional party – the DMK. The elections also set a new trend, of forming rainbow alliances to defeat goliaths such as the Congress.

The Grand Old Party was hoping that the popularity of its leader K Kamaraj would save it. They were in utter shock when results were announced. The mighty Kamaraj himself lost his seat to a DMK youngster. Earlier, after Kamaraj stepped down as Chief Minister, the State witnessed turmoil under M Bhaktavatsalam. There were anti-Hindi protests, famine and inflation. The latter’s inability in handling these crises created anger, not just among the public but even among Congress cadre.

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