DMK ahead of AIADMK, New Government in Tamil Nadu?

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Early trends of the vote-counting showed that the DMK alliance in the lead at Tamil Nadu Assembly election results. The party and its allies, including the Congress, are ahead in about 133 seats, while the currently ruling AIADMK is up in 100 seats. In the 234-seat assembly house, a party requires at least 118 seats to win the election.

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The AIADMK has been in power since 2011. However, this year seem to be completely in favour of the opposition DMK. The opposition party, on the other hand, was hoping a mixture of incumbency and instability within the ruling party will eventually be the ticket to return to power in the South.

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 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). As of now, neither party has significant gains. All the exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for MK Stalin’s DMK.

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Amid the second wave of Covid-19, the Election Commission has ordered strict guidelines for results day. Today, the mood is expected to be sombre since the election body has banned public gatherings outside the counting centres. Victory processions will be allowed while following specific guidelines. However, the scenario is not the same in West Bengal as TMC gets the upper hand by a huge margin (TMC 202, BJP 78). Party workers are violating all COVID norms and engaging in celebrations with colours.