Dindukal Election Victory

Sri MGR Year 94, 20th November, Sunday


When MGR was ousted from DMK on 10th October 1972, his fans and public were against such an atrocious act. MGR came to understand that the people wishing him to start a party. On 17th October 1972 MGR formed Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in front of Millions.


The party was not even 8 months old when by election for Dindukal Lok Sabha Constituency was announced. MGR was in the field of releasing Emgeeyar Pictures Ulagam Sutrum Valiban. There was hurdles placed before him by the ruling party. The theater owners were threatened some withdrew from the agreement most of them stood on the side of MGR. Ulagam Sutrum Valiban was released on 11.5.1973 and the response was recorded in history.




After the stupendous success news MGR turned his attention to Dindukal Lok Sabha, he announced Mayadevar a lawyer to contest on behalf of ADMK. MGR Fans club members voluntarily entered into election campaign one such member was MGR Devotee S.Vinod, he said that people expectations were that ADMK will surely win the election, but DMK propagated false news, MGR fans did not cared they did their job with 100% dedication and lifted their Leader from an Actor to an undefeated Political Party Leader.




The election was held on 20.5.1973 and the result was announced on 22.5.1973, the seeds of victory sown by the people and the first victory of ADMK and also that this election recognised MGR as one of most important Political Power of Tamil Nadu to reckon with. It is not an easy task for a budding political party and the Party Leader MGR with one hand fighting with his film career and another contesting in this election, 8 month old ADMK against three big parties (Syndicate Congress, DMK and Indira Congress).


The DMK party printed posters before the results that MGR has suffered the defeat. But the result was different the one they imagined.


Poll Date : 20.5.1973

Total Voters : 6,43,704

Votes Polled : 5,05,253


Party Candidate Name Votes received
ADMK K.Mayadevar 2,60,824
Syndicate Congress V.C.Sithan 1,19,032
DMK Pon Muthuramalingam    93,496
Congress (I) Seemaisamy    11,423


Seemai Samy of Congress (I), Suryamuthu, Sethrama Devar, Govindasamy, Vadhadesikan lost their deposit. ADMK won the by election by a margin of 1,41,792 votes a record unbeatable by any new party in India. And it has received nearly 52% of the votes polled.




One of our regular MGR Blog reader Mr.Bali requested me to share the vote details. I have searched my collection but only able to get the actual votes received by ADMK and approximate votes of DMK and Syndicate congress. But I called many MGR Devotees across South India and they updated me within 4 hours. The actual credit goes to MGR Devotee Bangalore S.Vinod, Tirupur Ravichandran and MGCB Pradeep.





The same victory was recorded in his Movie Netru Indru Nalai for the song “Thambi Nan Padichen Kanchiyela”. This video was taken by me during the re-release of Netru Indru Nalai in Mahalakshmi theater. You can feel the enjoyment even today by the claps of people.


MGR images was given by MGR Devotee T.Nagar Ramamurthy.


Pesum Padam Article

Sri MGR Year 94, 2nd October, Sunday


Pesum Padam is a Tamil cinema magazine, in March 1966 the issue came with MGR photo on the cover. The same magazine was preserved and shared in our blog. Mrs.Prabha who forwarded the scanned copy to Bangalore Vinod and Tirupur Ravichandran, to share this article in our Blog.




Tirupur Ravichandran sent this cover photo and an article that have appeared in Pesum Padam March 1966 issue.



The article titled Deiva Manam states that in Annamalai University function an orator was speaking with students about how well they should study and come up in life. The orator donates Rupees Twenty five thousand for Annamalai University. And finally the article ends up saying that the orator is none other than Makkal Thilagam MGR.


The article is about the unique philanthropic nature of MGR.

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