Tamil Nadu Election Results 2021 Live Update: Early trends in Tamil Nadu have given AIADMK an edge with MK Stalin, with Udayanidhi Stalin, Chepak and Kamal Haasan trailing from Coimbatore South from Kolathur. The counting of the 234-member assembly in Tamil Nadu began at 8 am on Sunday with strict Kovid protocol. While both Dravidian parties – DMK and AIADMK – contested after a bitter election campaign, exit polls gave DMK and its chief MK Stalin an edge. This means that the DMK may return to power after a decade. While the AIADMK is in alliance with the BJP, the DMK has aligned with the Congress. While these two alliances are top contenders, added to the mix was Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Nidi Mime. Like West Bengal, the BJP is also making inroads in Tamil Nadu.
These were the first elections fought in years without the party’s stalwarts and arch rivals J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. Voting for the state was held on 6 April. In 2016, AIADMK won 136 seats and DMK contested 89 seats out of 178 seats. The DMK’s ally, the Congress, won eight seats, while the Indian Union Muslim League (another partner in the DMK’s alliance) won one seat. As of 2016, Tamil Nadu has always voted for a change in government, in 2016 Jayalalithaa managed to remain in power for a second term.
The absence of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi is significant in these elections. Political analyst N Sathiya Moorthy told News18, “Karunanidhi Dravid is expected to strengthen his political grip, independent of the results, after Jaya in the state from this election. Critics can no longer attribute Dravid’s success story to film charisma, though the freebies charge could become reverence. “