AIADMK returns to power in Tamil Nadu

At 9.45 am AIADMK was leading in 120 constituencies, while DMK and Congress alliance was ahead in 78.

At Ulundurpettai, another actor-turned-politician and DMDK leader Vijayakanth came third with 26,950 votes and trailing far behind the candidates from AIADMK (63,906 votes) and DMK (57,850 votes).

LAKHS of people voted on Monday in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, bringing down the curtains on staggered five-State elections - the biggest popularity test since the Lok Sabha battle.

A series of past schemes and promises of some more for them in the future had woman voters rally behind AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa to deliver her a decisive mandate for another term as Tamil Nadu's chief minister, an India Today analysis of the election outcome reveals.

Another exit poll by ABP Nielsen said that the BJP might win one seat and "Others" six; the AIADMK was predicted to get 95 seats and the DMK 132 seats.

Officials said over 65 percent of the 58 million electorate in Tamil Nadu had voted by 4 p.m.

While Jayalalitha's decision to go solo paid off and proved her political prowess, the same move backfired for Chief Ministerial hopeful and PMK boss S Ramadoss. "While the Left will remain in the opposition, the BJP won't win any seat". As counting of votes began in the state this morning, early trends available at 09:45 am showed that the AIADMK and allies will win as amany as 128 seats.

Tamil Nadu recorded a voter turnout of a 73.76 per cent in Assembly elections as rural voters seemed more enthusiastic than their city counterparts in exercising their franchise, going by available statistics.

The other fronts are taking on AIADMK and DMK as synonymous with corruption, misuse of power and bad governance.

Partywise voteshare in Tamil Nadu. Vijayakanth's party had won 29 seats in that election, pushing the DMK to third place with respect to the number of seats won.

The verdict had put a permanent end to "family politics" of DMK, she said adding she was indebted to people forever. "It was the money power that won in the 2016 assembly elections".

An Axis-My India exit poll suggests that DMK could be ahead by 124 to 130 seats ahead of AIADMK's 89 to 101 seats. Yet, never after 1984 has an incumbent government ever been re-elected, and it is one or the other who has been in power.

Not just the DMK but also the four party alliance of Progressive Welfare Front has campaigned against liquor sales and promosing to usher in prohibition to woo the women voters.

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