Intense battles and close fights continue across Tamil Nadu as the DMK and AIADMK clash in this race to the finish in the state. From expected leads by top leaders in Kolathur and Edappadi to unexpected setbacks in Avadi and Katpadi, this Assembly election continues to be too close to call.
As of 11 am however, most constituencies had finished atleast one round of counting and initial leads have raised doubts over reports of a 'DMK wave'. The party led by MK Stalin is currently leading in 131 seats while the AIADMK is leading in 102 seats. The Makkal Needhi Maiam leads in one seat where its party chief Kamal Haasan is contesting while AMMK and NTK continue to trail in all constituencies. The Kongu region seems to have given the AIADMK an early lead while south Tamil Nadu and Chennai have given the DMK a boost this election.
The votes polled by around 5 crore voters in the state are being counted in 75 counting centres across Tamil Nadu, which went to polls on April 6 in a single phase to elect MLAs to all 234 of its Assembly constituencies.
The electoral contest to the Chief Ministerās chair is primarily between DMKās MK Stalin and incumbent CM Edappadi K Palaniswami of the AIADMK. For MK Stalin, this is the first Assembly election the party is facing under his leadership after the death of DMK patriarch and five-time Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Meanwhile, for Edappadi Palaniswami, this election is a referendum on his term as the Chief Minister of the state, a post he took over after the demise of the AIADMK Supremo and four-time Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
For Tamil Nadu itself, the 2021 Assembly election is historic as it is the first election in over five decades that is being fought without Karunanidhi or J Jayalalithaa. As of 11 am, the DMK is in the lead
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