The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam led by Jayalalithaa is making a triumphant return to power, by establishing lead in 152 constituencies.
Its allies are ahead of other candidates in 44 constituencies. In total, the AIADMK front is leading the DMK front in 196 constituencies out of 231 constituencies for which trends are available.
The Desiya Murporkku Draivda Kazhagam led by Vijayakant is leading in 25 constituencies; Communist Party of India - 5 and CPI (Marxist) - 10. Puthiya Tamizhagam, the other ally of the AIADMK, is leading in two constituencies while the All India Forward Block and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi are leading in one constituency each.
In contrast, the DMK is leading in 26 constituencies and its allies, Congress and Pattali Makkal Katchi, seven and two constituencies respectively.
The AIADMK-led alliance was leading in all eight constituencies in Tirupur district, as also in Kangeyam and Udumulpet in the western part of the State. Speaker R. Avudaiappan was trailing in Ambasamudram. AIADMK was leading in Palani and Sankarankovil.
In the Central districts. AIADMK was leading in Aranthangi, Viralimalai, Perambalur, Jayankondam, Tiruchi East and Tiruchi West. The DMK front was leading in Kunnam and Pudukottai. M.K. Stalin established a small lead of just 114 votes in first round in Kolathur. DMK was leading in Nagercoil and Congress in Villavancode.
No power sharing with allies
AIADMK has no intention of sharing power with allies and would go after the DMK’s first family on the issue of corruption, a senior party leader said.
Describing party chief Jayalalithaa as a “very powerful and strong political leader”, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai said she will get a “full majority” to rule the state and “there is no point” in forming a coalition government.
“Therefore, my leader Amma is going to form the ministry alone,” Mr. Thambidurai, leader of AIADMK in Lok Sabha, said.
He was responding to a question whether AIADMK’s electoral alliance partner DMDK, led by actor turned politician Vijayakanth, will be part of the next government.
He said under the DMK rule the law and order situation in the Tamil Nadu has become worse and Ms. Jayalalithaa’s first priority will be to restore the law and order.
“Whatever corruptions are there, definitely, she will take the necessary action,” he said.
“The people have voted to root out the DMK corrupt government. It is the duty of my leader to take the necessary action and go through all these cases,” Mr. Thambidurai said.