Tamil Nadu Election Results: Early Trends Leading DMK | India News
With massive security measures in place and elaborate Covid-19 security precautions, the count began at 8 a.m. across the state. Photo by S Lenin
CHENNAI: Initial trends in counting the Tamil Nadu assembly elections on Sunday pushed MK Stalin DMK in the lead with the ruling AIADMK directed by Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam not far away. On the territory of the Puducherry Union, the AINR Congress-BJP alliance established an advantage before its Congress rival.
In the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha by-elections, Congressional candidate Vijay Vasanth, son of H Vasantha Kumar, whose death due to Covid-19 caused the vacancy, was ahead of BJP’s Pon Radhkrishnan.
With massive security measures in place and elaborate Covid-19 security precautions, the count began at 8 a.m. across the state. As usual, the counting of the postal ballots was started first with a slight delay due to minor errors. The count after the first hour showed DMK and AIADMK running almost side by side, but as the count picked up speed, the DMK and their allies kept going.
Stalin and Palaniswami laid first clues in their own constituencies of Kolathur and Edappady.
MNM Leader Kamal Haasan also stayed ahead, but with a slight lead.
PAHO and Stalin’s son Udhayandihi were ahead in their constituencies of Bodinayakkanur in Theni district and Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni in Chennai, respectively.
AMMK leader, TTV Dhinakaran and NTK Leader Seeman was behind when nearly two hours after the count began. Some of the high-profile constituencies showed tough struggles. Several AIADMK ministers appeared to be registering setbacks.
The intense pre-election campaigns of the two main parties in the fray, the DMK and the AIADMK, were marked by intense strategy, big promises and claims of achievement.
Among the key factors that could influence the outcome of the survey are opposition to the AIADMK, which has just completed its longest 10-year term in office, and allegations of corruption. For the DMK, the dynasty’s political allegations and the reputation of “a loud party,” as its adversary alleges, could affect its prospects.
The campaigns were marked by competitive populism and gift offers, as is intrinsic to an election in Tamil Nadu.