Chennai: The massive mandate received by ruling AIADMK in the civic elections has not only dashed DMK's hope of a comeback after the Assembly poll rout six months ago but dealt a blow to the intentions of DMDK to project itself as an alternative to the two Dravidian majors in Tamil Nadu.

Reposing faith in Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for the second time since the April 13 Assembly polls, people plumped for her AIADMK in the elections in which most parties tested their popularity at the grassroot levels without alliances.

Actor Vijaykant's DMDK, which in alliance with AIADMK made handsome gains in the Assembly polls catapulting itself to the status of opposition in the legislature, and the Left parties forged a combine after Jayalalithaa dumped them for the civic elections, but came a cropper.

The ruling party put up a splendid show pushing DMK to a distant second as it annexed a majority of the posts in the elections held on October 17 and 19 to over 1.31 lakh posts.

AIADMK also broke DMK's stranglehold on the Chennai Corporation since 1956 with the ruling party candidates winning both the Mayorship and sweeping the council polls with a tally of 168 from 200 wards.

It completed a clean sweep of corporations, winning the mayorship in nine other city civic bodies and secured convincing majority in respective councils as the electorate voted out DMK mayors, including M Subramaniam in Chennai, who had heavily banked on their performance to see them through.

Congress finished fifth behind DMDK but did not win even a single municipality out of 124 on offer, while independents claimed the overall third spot.

Congress had faced the polls alone after Karunanidhi ejected the seven-year old ally saying the alliance was only meant for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

BJP put up a creditable show capturing two municipalities and a sizable number of wards for a seventh place finish.

The local body polls were seen as the first major test for AIADMK's governance and delivery of various populist measures and the electorate has preferred the party over DMK.

(Agencies)