Tamil Nadu Election Results 2021 Live Updates: The verdict is out, well almost, in Tamil Nadu with leads showing a clear majority for the DMK alliance, led by MK Stalin. DMK workers in Chennai celebrated at the party headquarters flouting Covid-19 norms. Counting of 234-member Legislative Assembly election in Tamil Nadu began at 8 am on Sunday with strict protocol in place. While both the Dravidian parties — DMK and AIADMK — fought the election following a bitter poll campaign, exit polls gave the DMK and its chief an edge. The DMK victory in this Assembly election will bring it back to power after a decade. While the AIADMK is in alliance with the BJP, the DMK has tied up with the Congress. While these two alliances are the top contenders, added to the mix was Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). Like in West Bengal, the BJP has also looked to make inroads in Tamil Nadu.
These were also the first elections fought in years without the two party stalwarts and arch-rivals J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. Polling for the state was held on April 6. In 2016, the AIADMK won 136 seats and the DMK won 89 of the 178 constituencies it contested. DMK ally, the Congress, won eight seats, while the Indian Union Muslim League (another partner in the DMK’s coalition) won one seat. While till 2016, Tamil Nadu has always voted for a change in government, in 2016 Jayalalithaa managed to stay in power for a second term.
The absence of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi is significant in these elections. Political analyst N Sathiya Moorthy had told News18, “Independent of the results, this election is expected to consolidate the post-Jaya, post-Karunanidhi Dravidian political hold over the state. Critics cannot anymore attribute the Dravidian success story to filmi charisma, though the freebies charge can become shriller.”