Guwahati: The counting of votes for 234 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu is under way amid tight security and in tune with fresh Covid-19 guidelines.
The exercise began at 8am in 75 counting centres spread across the state with authorities taking up a count of postal ballots first, authorities said. With exit polls predicting a landslide victory for the DMK which was in opposition for 10 years, the outcome is crucial for the ruling AIADMK as well, which dismissed the prediction and expressed confidence that it would retain power for the second time in a row.
As per the latest trends, the opposition DMK-Congress is way ahead of the incumbent AIADMK+ in Tamil Nadu.
In Tamil Nadu, the main contest is between the DMK-Congress alliance and the AIADMK-BJP combine. Two other fronts – one led by AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran and another spearheaded by actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) – are also in the fray. In Puducherry, the NDA – consisting of former CM N Rangaswamy’s All India NR Congress (AINRC), the BJP and the AIADMK – and the UPA – consisting primarily of the Congress and the DMK – are the mail fronts contesting the election.