After a decade in opposition, the DMK is on track to capture the power of AIADMK in Tamil Nadu according to the trends made available for the 234 segments, while the ruling party appears poised to win a part of the seats that would make a formidable opposition.
As the vote count progressed on Sunday for the April 6 assembly elections, the DMK steadily improved its position and led with 121 seats, while 118 is the minimum number required for a simple majority in the vote. Chamber of 234 members.
If the trends continue, it will be a moment of dream come true for the DMK and in tune with its election song, “Stalin thaan vararu”, which signified that Stalin would become the chief minister.
Executives became excited about the trends, burst crackers and handed out candy at the ‘Anna Arivalayam’ party headquarters here, apparently in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.
Regarding the public celebrations, the authorities quoted here a statement from the headquarters of the Electoral Commission which ordered the immediate suspension of the judicial police and “other agents” and the initiation of disciplinary and criminal proceedings against them.
Police say Teynampet’s law and order inspector was suspended for his “nonchalant attitude and dereliction of duty” and for failing to ensure compliance with EC instructions in this regard. .
Congress, DMK’s main ally, led with 15 seats, two left-wing parties united in four segments and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi in three constituencies.
DMK and its allies lead with 143 seats.
AIADMK leads with 81 seats and with its partners in 90 constituencies, according to the trends made available by the Electoral Commission for all 234 segments at 5:00 p.m.
Allies PMK and BJP were in the lead with six and three seats respectively.
The trends available so far, however, have contradicted various pollsters who had predicted between 160 and 190 seats for the DMK alliance and between 38 and 68 constituencies for the AIADMK. The head of the DMK, Deputy Stalin, during his electoral rallies expressed his confidence that his front led by his party would emerge victorious in the 234 constituencies of the state.
A key indicator of the trends available to date is that AIADMK remained a force to be reckoned with despite the burden of a 10-year anti-incumbence and that there was no clear wave to it. statewide in favor of DMK.
In 2006 Assembly polls, when AIADMK lost, it only managed to win 61 seats and DMK won 96 seats and its main ally, Congress, 34.
The two main leaders of AIADMK, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam lead in their respective segments of Edappadi (Salem district) and Bodinayakanur (Theni).
Opposition leader and DMK chairman MK Stalin was leading in the Kolathur constituency here and his son and secretary of the youth wing of the Udhayanidhi Stalin party in the Chepauk-Triplican segment.
In South Coimbatore, Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan’s scoring improved lap after lap, but not very substantially. In a first neck-and-neck fight between Haasan and Mayura Jayakumar of the Congress party, the MNM leader led by a narrow margin of 2,715 votes while Vanathi Srinivasan of the BJP remained in third place.
The counting exercise is estimated to be completed after a minimum of 13 to a maximum of 43 rounds – also depending on the votes cast in each segment – in each of the 234 Assembly segments.
Top DMK executives, MRK Panneerselvam (Kurinjipadi) and Duraimurugan (Katpadi), followed their closest rivals AIADMK by a margin of 1,314 and 4,520 votes respectively.
The expelled AIADMK leader and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran was behind his rival, AIADMK leader and Minister Kadambur C Raju in Kovilpatti. Raju was leading by a narrow margin of 1,068 votes at the end of the sixth round.
The current ministers are SP Velumani, C Vijayabaskar and Udumalaipettai K Radhakrishnan.
Ministers such as D Jayakumar, K Pandiarajan, P Benjamin, KT Rajenthra Bhalaji and Vellamandi N Natarajan were left behind.
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