In 1984, Tamil Nadu witnessed a landmark election that saw the emergence of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) as a major political force in the state. Led by the charismatic and popular M.G. Ramachandran, the AIADMK won a resounding victory in the state assembly elections, capturing 133 of the 234 seats.
MGR’s election campaign was centered around a message of social justice and Tamil pride. His party’s success was a result of the support of the rural masses and the urban poor, who had been neglected by the Congress-led government. The AIADMK’s victory marked the birth of a new era in Tamil Nadu politics, where regional parties would play a dominant role.