Prannoy Roy also speaks to the latest political entrant on the block, Kamal Haasan.
Lok Sabha elections in Tamil is likely to have a direct bearing on the which party will form the government at the centre. On today's episode of 'The Countdown', Prannoy Roy and his team bring you ground reports, chats with voters and exclusive insights from Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK's MK Stalin and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who is also a nephew of VK Sasikala as well as the longtime aide of late J Jayalalithaa.
Dr Roy also speaks to the latest political entrant on the block, Kamal Haasan, as he faces his big test this year.
Here are the highlights of today's episode of 'The Countdown':
12 seats in Tamil Nadu that almost always vote the overall winner
"I am supporting Tamil Nadu but it won't be on the same terms as how BJP is handling the state now. We will ask embarrassing questions": Kamal Haasan on being asked if he's okay with supporting BJP
"Both are not acceptable for us but what can we do? We would like to become the third option but we are just a regional party and we are aware of that": Kamal Haasan on chances of aligning with BJP or Congress
The gender divide in voting pattern for DMK and AIADMK
Tamil Nadu among top 3 states with highest turnout of women in 2014 polls
Women voter turnout in Tamil Nadu has been rising over the years
In Northern states, fewer women are registered to vote, as compared to men
When it comes to women voters, there is a clear north-south divide
In 2014 elections, more rural women voted than their urban counterparts
Women's turnout in #LokSabhaElections2019 likely to overtake that of men
More women voted than men in Tamil Nadu #AssemblyElections
TTV Dhinakaran's only motive is to grab party power and pave way for the family to take over. He has no intention to work for the people": Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to NDTV
"The demise of J Jayalalithaa was an unexpected event. We consider it as a loss that cannot be mitigated in our lifetime": Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam
Tamil Nadu villages score over towns in voting percentage according to 2014 data
Tamil Nadu has the highest urban population percentage in India
Voter breakup in Tamil Nadu by religion, caste and literacy
"The UPA government under Dr Manmohan Singh, with DMK's support, delivered all the promises they made, but this government did nothing": DMK President MK Stalin
"We are getting placements. Instead of getting placements from big corporates, we are offered placements from local companies. We expect Wipro, TCS but we get opportunities from only local companies," a young man tells NDTV
Another young man says he will vote NOTA
"Nothing solid is happening in the government. Students wouldn't have much guts to say much on this. So NOTA"
Jobs A Major Issue In Tamil Nadu
Man: I won't vote for anyone.
Uma Sudhir: NOTA?
Man: Not even NOTA.
Uma Sudhir: Why?
Man: Because when we vote, they ask us 100% housing tax, 100% water tax, 100% bus tax and they have 100% raises. Why should we vote for them? They get the salaries and we get the taxes. We don't want it
Man: 100% we have to pay excess and 100% they get raise. That's why I don't vote
Uma Sudhir: So you don't want to waste your votes?
Man: We are reducing the number of thieves
Are national parties irrelevant in Tamil Nadu? Prannoy Roy and team analyse
Opposition unity is very high in Tamil Nadu
How Tamil Nadu politics changed after the loss of two prominent leaders - M Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu is among the top 5 states with huge margin in votes
Will Tamil Nadu see a landslide in 2019?
India, a land of landslide victories? Here's why