CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Dayanidhi Maran asked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to resign from the post following the defeat of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in the Lok Sabha elections.
"Edappadi K Palaniswami must take moral responsibility for the defeat of AIADMK in Lok Sabha elections. The party managed to win one seat in general elections because of money power. Palaniswami must tender his resignation," Dayanidhi Maran said.
Raveendranath Kumar was the AIADMK leader, who managed to win from the Theni seat in Tamil Nadu.
Meantime, DMK had bagged 23 seats and Indian National Congress (INC) won 8 seats in the state.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) won 2 seats each and the rest went to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi with both winning one seat.
AIADMK which is in power in the state is an ally of the NDA.
The Bharathiya Janata Party had secured 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s tally along with that of its allies (NDA) has been pushed up to 352 in the 17th Lok Sabha.
The Lok Sabha polls commence on April 11 and completed on May 19.
Voting for the 542 Lok Sabha seats were held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
With inputs from ANI