Single-phase election to 234 Assembly seats within the state was held on 6 April and the counting of votes will happen on 2 May
As per the directives of the Election Commission, the outcomes of the exit polls for the election held on 6 April for the Tamil Nadu Assembly might be launched after 7.30 pm on Thursday, after polling for the ultimate part of the West Bengal Assembly election attracts to an finish.
As per the Election Commission, exit polls for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry might be printed 7.30 pm onwards on 29 April — an hour after the polls shut.
The counting of votes of the single-phase election to the 234-seat Assembly in Tamil Nadu will happen on 2 May. A voter turnout of over 71 percent was recorded, based on the estimated figures on the EC’s Voter Turnout app.
The principal contest is between the DMK-Congress alliance and the AIADMK-BJP alliance.
The DMK is aiming to unseat the ruling social gathering whereas the AIADMK is eager to make sure the continuation of “Amma aatchi” (Amma’s rule) for an unprecedented third time. The MK Stalin-led social gathering has been within the Opposition since 2011 when the AIADMK, underneath Jayalalithaa, stormed to the ruling saddle and in addition retained energy within the subsequent elections in 2016.
The AIADMK nevertheless faces an uphill process, particularly after the rout within the 2019 Lok Sabha election when the DMK-led alliance received 38 out of 39 seats.
AIADMK ally BJP, which had not received any seat within the earlier Assembly election, contested in 20 constituencies. Another AIADMK ally PMK contested from 23 constituencies. The Congress, an ally of the DMK, fielded candidates in 25 Assembly segments. MNM, based in 2018 and led by actor-politician Kamal Haasan, tried its luck within the Assembly polls for the primary time. TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK is in alliance with the DMDK and different events.
As many as 3,998 candidates, together with Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, DMK President MK Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan, Naam Tamizhar Katchi chief Seeman and BJP state unit chief L Murugan contested the election.
While the DMK chief is searching for re-election for the straight third time period from the Kolathur Assembly seat, his son and social gathering youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin is debuting from the Chepauk-Triplicance constituency.
Palaniswami contested from AIADMK stronghold Edapaddi, from the place he has received 4 occasions.
According to a report by The Hindu, in the course of the ballot marketing campaign, the AIADMK-BJP tried to challenge the DMK as a risk to regulation and order and girls. On the opposite hand, the DMK and its allies targetted the AIADMK as an extension of the BJP and warning the voters about the communally divisive politics gaining roots in the state.
Apart from leaders of the state-level outfits, nationwide leaders, together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi additionally campaigned for the respective ruling and Opposition alliances.
On the day of the election, each the AIADMK and DMK, engaged in accusations and counter-accusations about ballot code violations and violence.
With inputs from PTI