In Tamil Nadu, the verdict is almost out with leads showing a clear majority for the DMK alliance led by MK Stalin. DMK workers in Chennai celebrated at the party head quarters flouting Covid norms. Counting of 234-member Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu began at 8 am on Sunday with strict Covid protocol.
While both the Dravidian parties — DMK and AIADMK — fought the elections following a bitter poll campaign, exit polls gave the DMK and its chief MK Stalin an edge. This means the DMK could return to power after a decade. The AIADMK is in alliance with the BJP and the DMK has formed an alliance with Congress and has hold sway over 70-80 per cent of the voter base, the others in the fray 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). This election is the first in the state without two of Tamil Nadu’s towering political figures, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. The gap they left in the political arena has given rise to other fronts over the last few years. All the exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for the DMK, with one even giving the alliance up to 195 seats.