Bengaluru: Kanimozhi, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is leading with a margin of 35,245 votes as she has so far polled 57,641 votes against Tamilisai Soundararajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who had so far polled in 19,480 votes at 10.36 am in the port city of Thoothukkudi, about 600 kilometres from Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
Karti. P. Chidambaram, son of former union finance minister P. Chidambaram and the Congress candidate from Sivagang, was leading with 29,718 votes against H. Raja of the BJP, who had so far polled in 11795 votes.
The DMK had allied with the Congress and seven other parties while the BJP has allied with the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to get a foothold in the southern state where the saffron party has little or no presence at all.
A.Raja of the DMK, one of the main accused in the 2G spectrum scam that led to the collapse of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in 2014, was leading with 99,421 votes in Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu against Thiyagarajan. M of the AIADMK.
The DMK is hoping to make a strong comeback in Tamil Nadu after it was wiped out by the AIADMK in 2014. The AIADMK, led by its now late leader J.Jayalalitha had won 37 out of the 39 seats while the BJP and Pattali Makal Katchi (PMK) won a seat each.
Tamil Nadu has been one of the few states where the BJP and Modi has unsuccessfully tried to enter. The DMK-Congress alliance is hoping to win back lost ground and also win most of the 22 assembly by-polls whose results will be announced on Thursday as well.
The AIADMK has faltered after the death of Jayalalitha as those vying to be seen as her successful political heir, have fought bitter and extremely personal battles, damaging the party and breaking it into at least two factions. One faction led by Edappadi K. Palaniswami, and O.Panneerselvam while the other led by Jayalalitha’s long time aide, V.K.Sasikala and T.T.V.Dinakaran.
As it stands, the AIADMK has 113 while it main opposition, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has 88. The Congress has eight while there are two independents, one speaker and one nominated member in the 235 Tamil Nadu assembly. The results for the 22 vacancies will be known on Thursday and could well end up in a change of regime in the south Indian state.
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