Chennai: The AIADMK tidal wave that unseated DMK from power in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections swept away as many as 17 senior ministers including Finance Minister K Anbazhagan, who was trounced in Villivakkam constituency here.
Other notable DMK ministers who lost in the hustings are K Ponmudy (Villupuram), K N Nehru (Thiruchirapalli West), M R K Paneer Selvam (Kurinjipadi), Veerapandi S Arumugam (Sankagiri) Pongalur N Palanisamy (Coimbatore South), N Suresh Rajan (Kanyakumari) K K S S R Ramachandran (Aruppukkottai) and T M Anbarasan (Pallavaram).
S N M Ubayadullah (Thanjavur), N Selvaraj (Manachanallur), Vellakoil Saminathan (Madathukulam) Geetha Jeevan (Thoothukudi) R Tamilarasi (Manamadurai) K P P Sami (Thiruvottiyur) U Mathivanan (Kilvelur) and Poongothai Aladi Aruna (Alangulam) were the other ministers who fell by the way side as DMK won only 23 seats in the 234-member Assembly.
Besides Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who won from his native Tiruvarur by a huge margin of over 50,000 votes, other ministers who saved the embarrassment to DMK are his son M K Stalin (Kolathur), Durai Murugan (Katpadi), I Periyasamy (Athoor) E V Velu (Tiruvannamalai), Thangam Thennarasu (Tiruchuli), T P M Mohideen Khan (Palayamkottai) Suba Thangavelan (Tiruvadanai) and K Ramachandran (Coonoor).
Karunanidhi, elected to the assembly for his 12th term, secured 1,09,014 votes.