Chennai: Live Result Update: 11:00 AM: Defying all exit polls that predicted her defeat, J. Jayalalithaa is set to return to power in Tamil Nadu. As counting of votes began in the state this morning, early trends available at 11:00 am showed that the AIADMK and allies will win as amany as 133 seats.
The DMK-Congress alliance is ahead in 98 seats. DMDK and allies are leading in just 01 assembly constituency.
As compared to last elections, the AIADMK has shown a loss 22 seats, whereas the DMK-Cong alliance has improved their tally by 66 seats.
The result is significant as Tamil Nadu is not known for electing the same party or alliance againt. This is why all exit polls were unanimous that DMK-Congress alliance will win in Tamil Nadu.
Jayalalithaa has however defied all predictions and is set to return as Cheif Minister in India's key Southern state.
Although Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK was on the road to victory on Thursday, it seemed set to lose most seats in Chennai, which were battered by floods last year.
According to counting trends, AIADMK candidates were trailing behind the DMK in 12 of the 16 constituencies in the capital.
Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, however, led in her Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency in the city.
Chennai, badly hit by floods in December, seems to have overwhelmingly voted against the ruling party.
The DMK had in its election campaign played up the havoc caused by the floods.
Tamil Nadu went to polls on May 16 (Monday), and all the parties --- notwithstanding what the pundits say --- are sounding upbeat. Be it Jayalalithaa's AIADMK or Karunanidhi's DMK, the rival outfits are claiming they will outsmart the others.
Even the PMK of Anbumani Ramadoss is hoping that luck would smile on it, though the party didn't quite figure in the exit polls.
The PMK claimed that it will give a massive jolt to the main Dravidian parties, and surprise everyone.
Much ahead of the assembly election, the PMK began its campaign and shed the Vanniyar caste identity by fielding candidates from other communities.
In fact, the party is strong in 122 constituencies across 15 districts with a sizeable support base.
"The polling percentage in the constituencies in these districts were high. We feel that besides consolidation of Vanniyar votes, we will be supported by the youths and other segments due to Anbumani Ramadoss factor," PMK leader K. Dhanaraju told IANS.
"The PMK will jolt others in the 2016 assembly elections," Dhanaraju added.
But the main Dravidian parties are dismissive of their rivals.
"We will win the election again and retain power," AIADMK spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi told IANS. She said the exit polls that predicted a DMK victory were irrelevant.
Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa sought a mandate for another term, saying her government has implemented several welfare schemes like subsidised canteen, cement, bottled water, and medicines, among others. Add to that the freebies doled out -- from mixer grinder, laptops to cattle.
The AIADMK fielded 227 candidates, leaving seven seats for its allies. But all of them contested with the AIADMK symbol of two leaves.
Jayalalithaa promised free mobile phones for all ration card holders, 50 percent subsidy for purchase of scooters by women, free power up to 100 units and the like, if the party retains power.
But the DMK hopes that its president M. Karunanidhi's name will help it sail through.
The DMK has aligned with the Congress, two Muslim parties and smaller outfits.
Karunanidhi had said that the DMDK of actor Vijaykanth and its allies may eat up the vote share of the AIADMK but in the end these parties will not impact the DMK's prospects.
"Our party's poll promises has reached the people well. On the other hand, the promises made by AIADMK boomeranged. The people are asking why the AIADMK government did not act on these promises in the last five years," DMK's former member of Parliament R. Thamaraiselvan told IANS.
Meanwhile, tight security has been put in place for the counting of votes on Thursday, a senior election commission official said. "The counting will start at 8 a.m. on May 19," Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni said.
Elections for the 232 of the total 234 constituencies were held on May 16. The Election Commission postponed elections in Thanjavur and Aravakurichi constituencies after complaints of large-scale distribution of money to voters by various political parties and their candidates.
A total of 3,728 candidates are in the fray in these 232 constituencies.