The opposition DMK-Congress alliance is heading for a big win in the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly. The DMK and its allies are leading in 140-plus seats. The ruling AIADMK – which started the day with a lead on 95 seats -- is now leading in 80-plus seats. The majority mark stands at 118. The DMK has not been in power in the state for a decade, and this time the party and the AIADMK are contesting without their towering leaders, J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi whose deaths have brought a huge change in the political landscape.
MK Stalin is leading from Kolathur, his son Udayanidhi Stalin is leading from Chepauk and Kamal Haasan is trailing in Coimbatore south.
Mr Stalin, who is set to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time, thanked the people for voting his party to power and assured them that he would truthfully work for them.
Mr Stalin expressed his ''heartfelt thanks'' to all the people of the state for mandating his party to govern Tamil Nadu for the sixth time. Congratulatory messages from several politicians poured in for the DMK chief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr Stalin on his victory.
"Congratulations to Thiru MK Stalin and DMK for the victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections. We shall work together for enhancing national progress, fulfilling regional aspirations and defeating the COVID-19 pandemic," PM Modi tweeted.
Elections 2021 were held in the 234 assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu in a single phase on April 6. The ruling AIADMK contested 191 seats, with 23 given to the PMK and only 20 for the BJP. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) contested 188 and its ally, the Congress, 25, with the rest going to minor allies.
Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam contested 142 seats, with 85 divided between a handful of allies and the AMMK of TTV Dhinakaran, who is the nephew of expelled AIADMK chief Sasikala. The AMMK contested 165 and left 60 to the DMDK, with the rest going to smaller allies.
Nearly 4,000 candidates contested the polls including Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK President MK Stalin, his son and party youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin, AIADMK's key rival TTV Dhinakaran and Kamal Haasan.
In the 2016 election, the AIADMK won 134 seats, the DMK got 89, and the Congress eight. Though this was AIADMK's second straight victory, the party lost its chief J Jayalalithaa months after she occupied the chair for the fifth time.
The opposition DMK, which last ruled between 2006 and 2011, now sees a chance to replace the AIADMK in the state where the two parties have ruled every five years in the recent decades.
In Tamil Nadu, there are 75 counting centres spread across the state and all arrangements are in place to smoothly conduct the exercise, authorities said.
Here are the Updates for results of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections 2021:
I would like to thank the people of Tamil Nadu who supported NDA. I assure the people of Tamil Nadu that we will keep working towards the state's welfare and to further popularise the glorious Tamil culture. I applaud our Karyakartas for their hardwork - PM Modi thanks Tamil Nadu for supporting NDA
MK Stalin, whose DMK is set to return to Tamil Nadu after a decade, was congratulated by political leaders from across parties as counting of voting was in progress in the southern state where state elections were held in a single phase on April 6.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday congratulated his ally MK Stalin, whose DMK party seemed all set to win the Tamil Nadu elections, defeating the ruling AIADMK and the BJP.
Veteran movie actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan was today trailing as vote counting entered the final rounds in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore (South) constituency. This was a change from the early trends that showed him leading.
Congratulations to Thiru @mkstalin and @arivalayam for the victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections. We shall work together for enhancing national progress, fulfilling regional aspirations and defeating the COVID-19 pandemic.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2021
The opposition DMK-Congress alliance is heading for a big win in the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly. The DMK and its allies are leading in 144 seats. The ruling AIDMK which started the day with a lead on 95 seats -- is now leading in 88 seats.
Congratulations to Shri MK Stalin for the victory.- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 2, 2021
People of Tamil Nadu have voted for change and we will, under your leadership, prove to be a confident step in that direction.
One FIR has been filed in Tenyampet police station in T-Nagar district, Greater Chennai against cadres of a political party who had burst crackers near their party headquarters. The inspector of Teynampet PS has been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty, news agency ANI quotes Election Commission
I congratulate @MamataOfficial on her re-election as Chief Minister of West Bengal.- M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 2, 2021
At a time of COVID-19 wave, I have no doubt that Didi will ensure safety of citizens and lead her state to growth and prosperity.
On behalf of DMK, I wish Didi another successful tenure.
Congratulations @mkstalin on bringing DMK back to power after a decade. My friend, and your father, M Karunanidhi would be very proud of you. I am sure you will take the Dravidian legacy to greater heights by serving the people of #TamilNadu with absolute dedication.- H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) May 2, 2021
"Ours would be an inclusive government. I would protect this as a reward for our 50-year work. I regard this as a recognition of our work," MK Stalin said.
"திராவிட முன்னேற்றக் கழகம் ஆறாவது முறையாக ஆட்சி செலுத்தக் கட்டளையிட்டுள்ள தமிழ்நாட்டு மக்கள் ஒவ்வொருவரின் இதயங்களுக்கும் எனது நெஞ்சார்ந்த நன்றி"- DMK (@arivalayam) May 2, 2021
- கழக தலைவர் @mkstalin அவர்கள் அறிக்கை.
Good wishes and congratulations @mkstalin on your success in the Assembly election in Tamil Nadu. Wishing you and @arivalayam a good tenure in the service of the people.- Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) May 2, 2021
திரு. @mkstalin அவர்களுக்கும் திராவிட முன்னேற்றக் கழகத்திற்கும் மனமார்ந்த வாழ்த்துக்கள்
68-year-old MK Stalin contested as the chief ministerial candidate for the first time during these polls. He was elected unopposed as the DMK chief in August 2018, after the death of his father, a post that his father M Karunanidhi held for 49 years. That didn't come as a surprise to anyone, as during his lifetime, M Karunanidhi, on multiple occasions made his preference for his successor abundantly clear and systematically groomed him for the job.
However, during his early political career, MK Stalin was not considered a serious politician. Things changed when he was jailed for six months during Emergency under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA).
At the rally in Perambalur on April 2, challenging his rivals and asserting his might, DMK chief had said, "This Stalin has faced Maintenance of Internal Security Act.... emergency. They think they can scare us with the raids, this may happen with AIADMK but this will not happen with DMK. You should not forget that people will reply to your act on April 6."
Mr Stalin holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the Presidency College in Chennai. He is credited for forming the youth wing of DMK and headed it for more than four decades. He became the first directly elected mayor of Chennai from 1996 to 2001. He was also elected legislator from the Thousand Lights constituency in Chennai in 1989, 1996, 2001 and 2006. In 2011, he was elected to the Assembly from the Kolathur constituency in Chennai.
He served as the Local Administration and Rural Development Minister in his father Karunanidhi's Cabinet from 2006 to 2011. He also held the charge of Deputy Chief Minister from 2009-2011. In 2016 he again won the Assembly election from the Kolathur constituency and held the charge of the leader of opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly.
At a glance: The 3 heavyweight candidates who are battling it out in the high-stake #TamilNaduElections2021- NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2021
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Heartiest congratulations to @mkstalin on his resounding victory heading towards comfortable majority in the assembly elections of Tamilnadu.- SHARAD YADAV (@SharadYadavMP) May 2, 2021
Congratulations to DMK leader, Thiru @mkstalin on his party's victory in Tamil Nadu assembly elections. I extend my best wishes to him.- Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 2, 2021
The DMK-Congress alliance is set to return to power in Tamil Nadu after a decade in the wilderness.
Master poll strategist played down comparisons between projected wins in Bengal and Tamil Nadu, telling NDTV that each election, and each state, had its own challenges.
Congratulations to @mkstalin ji and the dedicated DMK & alliance workers for this resounding victory. TN people are desperately waiting for progressive pro-people policies under your able leadership.- Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 2, 2021
"Avoid victory celebrations": DMK chief MK Stalin to party workers as DMK leads 119 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, as per Election Commission trends.
Warmest congratulations to @mkstalin ji for leading the DMK & allies to victory in Tamil Nadu. The people of Tamil Nadu will benefit greatly from your leadership over the next five years.- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 2, 2021
Counting has not slowed down, due to heavy load the server has slowed down. Counting is continuing in the constituencies without any let-up: Election Commission of India
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated MK Stalin on his victory
Many congratulations to @mkstalin on a resounding victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. I wish him a successful tenure and the very best in fulfilling the aspirations of people of Tamil Nadu.- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 2, 2021
வாக்கு எண்ணும் மையங்களில் உள்ள பொறுப்பாளர்கள் விழிப்புணர்வுடன் கண்காணிக்க வேண்டும்.- M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 2, 2021
முழு வாக்கு எண்ணிக்கை முடியும் வரை வெளியே வரக்கூடாது.
வெற்றிச் சான்றிதழை வழங்க காலதாமதம் செய்தால் தலைமையைத் தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும். #Covid19 காரணமாக வெற்றிக் கொண்டாட்டத்தைத் தவிர்க்கவும். pic.twitter.com/Lp9Lb8LkNp
Election Commission Sunday said it has taken a stern view of reports of the congregation of people to celebrate anticipated victory and has asked the chief secretaries concerned to file an FIR in each case and suspend the police station in charge.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar congratulated MK Stalin on his predicted win in tweet.
Congratulations @mkstalin on your win, a truly well deserved victory! Wishing you the best to serve people who have instilled their faith in you!- Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 2, 2021
With the counting of votes underway, the Election Commission Sunday said it has taken a stern view of reports of congregation of people to celebrate anticipated victory, and has asked the chief secretaries concerned to file an FIR in each case and suspend the police station in charge where such gatherings happen.
Responding to queries about reports of celebratory gatherings by supporters of political parties, an EC spokesperson said the poll panel has taken a serious note of some reports of congregations of people to celebrate anticipated victory.
"The ECI has directed CS (chief secretaries) of all five states to file FIR in each such case, suspend the SHO of the concerned police station and report action taken immediately of each such incidence," the spokesperson said.
The EC had recently banned victory processions on the counting day to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The counting of votes for the assembly polls in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry is underway at a time the country is grappling with a raging Covid-19 pandemic.
The counting process began at 8 am.
AIADMK's V Ramu leading from Katpadi, DMK's Durai Murugan trailing.
Election Commission of India writes to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs to "prohibit victory celebrations urgently". ECI also directs that responsible SHOs and other officers must be suspended immediately and criminal and disciplinary actions must be initiated against them pic.twitter.com/4aEydSH42P- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
"It was a very sensible decision for us to align with the BJP because an alliance for our govt with that of the Centre made sense to us. We have been tough with the central leadership and stood our ground whenever we had to. We communicated clearly about our stand and put forward our concerns whenever needed."
EK Palaniswami's political stature has definitely grown in Tamil Nadu. But AIADMK has been in power for 10 years. At the same time, MK Stalin's stature has also grown. - N Ram, senior journalist
Firstly, congratulations to the DMK, their moment under the sun has arrived. But that being said, the vote in Tamil Nadu is neither for the DMK, nor against the AIADMK. See, in 2016, the ADMK fought under Jayalalithaa's leadership and Amma DMK, but this time the AIADMK is contesting in an alliance with BJP and others and has even shared seats in the agreement. And that is what has not worked for them. If we notice the leads, we will see that the number of seats that the AIADMK is down is exactly the same as the number of seats they have allocated to their alliance partners.- Kasthuri, actor and political analyst
#AssemblyElections2021 | Trends at 12:45 AM: TMC is all set to sweep Bengal, BJP to retain Assam, LDF to retain Kerala and MK Stalin-led DMK is set form the government in Tamil Nadu pic.twitter.com/hwBYm6kxur- NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2021
#WATCH | DMK supporters continue to celebrate outside party headquarters in Chennai as official trends show the party leading on 118 seats so far.- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Election Commission of India has banned any victory procession amid the #COVID19 situation in the country.#TamilNaduElections2021pic.twitter.com/z6Fp5YRnKP
#ElectionResults | "I spoke to over 200 women, they said that they would have never voted for anybody other than AIADMK. They are forced to vote for MNM and others as they do not want to vote for BJP": Kasthuri, actor and political analyst#TamilNaduElectionspic.twitter.com/bqUSDNIoUj- NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2021
#TamilNaduElections2021 | DMK workers and supporters celebrate outside Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters in Chennai, as official trends show the party leading.- NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2021
NDTV's Sam Daniel reports pic.twitter.com/G7yboxqGJm
Despite a ban on victory processions imposed by the Election Commission (EC) in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the country, DMK workers and supporters were seen celebrating in large numbers outside Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters here, as official trends show the party leading.
In the wake of inconceivable gush in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Election Commission had earlier banned all victory processions on or after the day of the counting of votes.
The order copy by the Election Commission read, "In view of the surge in COVID 19 cases throughout the country, the Commission has decided to make more stringent provision to be followed during the process of Counting, in addition to exiting Broad Guidelines dated 21st August, 2020 and has directed that no victory procession after the counting on 2.5.2021 shall be permissible."
Celebrations outside DMK headquarters as party leads in Tamil Nadu polls.
Top AIADMK leaders, Chief Minister K Palaniswami was comforably leading in his home segment of Edappadi in Salem district, while Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam is
trailing his main rival, DMK's Thanga Tamilselvan, a former party colleague, by a thin margin.
Leader of opposition and DMK president M K Stalin was ahead in Kolathur constituency here and his son and party youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin continued to be ahead in Chepauk-Triplicane segment.
In Coimbatore South, the fight is neck and neck between Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and Congress party's Mayura Jayakumar while BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan is in third
The fortunes of Mr Haasan and Mr Jayakumar kept swinging as votes were taken up for counting from various areas and currently, Mr Haasan is leading.
DMK's key leaders M R K Panneerselvam (Kurinjipadi) and Duraimurugan (Katpadi) were trailing, while AIADM''s expelled leader and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam chief TTV Dhinakaran was behind his rival, AIADMK leader and Minister Kadambur C Raju in Kovilpatti.
Ministers leading as of now are S P Velumani, Sellur Raju, M C Sampath, M R Vijayabaskar, C Vijayabaskar and Udumalaipettai K Radhakrishnan.
Ministers including D Jayakumar, K Pandiarajan, P Benjamin, K T Rajendthra Bhalaji, Vellamandi N Natarajan and C V Shanmugam were trailing.
MK Stalin had said that the victory will be celebrated from home due to the Covid situation in the country, and we will perhaps hold a oath taking ceremony keeping that in mind. The final decision will be taken by MK Stain after the final result be be declared. We should be able to form the government within a week or so, since there is a formal procedure which is followed. First all the MLAs will get their winning certificates, then the incumbents will resign, then the Governor will call the largest party to form the government, and after that we will do the needful.
Official trends for by-election to Parliamentary constituency |- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party leading in Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
BJP leading in Belgaum (Karnataka)
Indian Union Muslim League leading in Malappuram (Kerala)
Congress leading in Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader Apsara Reddy says she is confident that her party will retain power in Tamil Nadu, as counting of votes for the assembly election began today. She said it was a very sensible decision for the AIADMK to align with the BJP for the elections.
The BJP and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool are locked in a close fight in Bengal as votes are being counted for state elections held amid a huge Covid surge. DMK has made gains in Tamil Nadu. BJP leads in Assam; in Kerala, LDF and UDF are neck and neck.
#TamilNaduElections2021 | Tamil Nadu CM is leading in Edappadi, while DMK Chief MK Stalin is trailing in Kolathur. Actor-turned-Politician Kamal Haasan leading in Coimbatore South- NDTV (@ndtv) May 2, 2021