Chennai: As per early trends, DMK and its alliance were leading in 25 out of the 38 assembly constituencies, in the Chennai region, while DMK president MK Stalin and party youth secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin were leading in their Kolathathur and Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituencies, respectively.
DMK and its allies, including the Congress, are leading in at least 137 seats, while the ruling AIADMK is ahead in 95 seats. In the 234-seat House, a party needs at least 118 seats to win the election.
The AIADMK, which has been in power since 2011, hopes to extend its hold on the state for another term. The Opposition DMK, on the other hand, is hoping a mixture of incumbency and instability within the ruling party will allow it to return to the helm of affairs after a decade.
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.
However, 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 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).
In Thousand Lights constituency, DMK candidate Ezhilan N was ahead of BJP candidate actor Khushbu Sundar by 5,073 votes.
Among the surprises were, former AIADMK minister D Jayakumar and DMK senior leader Sekar Babu were trailing behind their contestants at the end of first round of vote counting.