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Tamil Nadu woman cuts off tongue to ‘honour pledge’ as DMK wins

A woman Vanitha has severed her tongue to honour her sacred vow as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won Tamil Nadu in the state assembly election

A woman in Tamil Nadu cut off her tongue and offered it to a temple deity in order to keep her promise after Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) won the state assembly election.

Thirty-two-year-old Vanitha had reportedly taken a vow before God earlier that she would sever her tongue as a sacrifice if a divine intervention were to make the DMK win in the 2021 assembly election.

After DMK won the mandate, Vanithaa reached Muthalamman temple in the morning, cut off her tongue and tried to offer it to the temple deity.

But due to Covid-related restrictions in places of worship, Vanitha left the chopped-off tongue at the temple gates and collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital.After a decade in opposition, the DMK won a convincing victory over arch-rival AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, and the ruling party emerged as a powerful opposition, overcoming the burden of ten years of anti-incumbency to a certain extent.

The DMK and its allies, including the Congress, are ahead in over 150 seats, while the ruling AIADMK is up in close to 80 seats in the Tamil Nadu election results. In the 234-seat House, a party needs at least 118 seats to win the election. The AIADMK, which has been in power since 2011, hopes to extend its hold on the state for another term. The Opposition DMK, on the other hand, is hoping a mixture of incumbency and instability within the ruling party will allow it to return to the helm of affairs after a decade.

This election is the first in the state without two of Tamil Nadu’s towering political figures, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. The gap they left in the political arena has given rise to other fronts over the last few years.

While the National Democratic Alliance, led by AIADMK, and Secular Progressive Alliance, led by DMK, hold sway over 70-80 per cent of the voter base, the others in the fray this election included an alliance led by TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) and one by actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). So far, neither party has significant gains.

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