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Tamil Nadu Election Results 2021: Modi, Rajini Wish Stalin for DMK Win, Kamal Haasan Loses in Coimbatore

News18.com | May 02, 2021, 21:28 IST
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The DMK, led by MK Stalin, has a clear edge over the ruling AIADMK front. The DMK and its allies, including the Congress, is leading in 155 (win and leads) Assembly constituencies, while the ruling AIADMK is set to emerge victorious in 70 seats and its allies, the PMK and BJP were ahead in five and four constituencies, according to last reports provided by the Election Commission for 234 seats. A number of top political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati, congratulated Stalin, who is all set to become the next chief minister of the southern state, for the DMK’s victory. Superstar Rajinikanth, who opted out of politics some time ago after falling ill, also wished the DMK chief. “I wish my friend MK Stalin all the best for the forthcoming term as chief minister. May he perform to the fullest satisfaction of all people of Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Outgoing Chief Minister K Palaniswami was comfortably leading in his home segment of Edappadi in Salem district, while his deputy O Panneerselvam is trailing his main rival, DMK’s Thanga Tamilselvan, a former party colleague, by a thin margin.

Earlier, Stalin, who won from Kolathur constituency by winning over 33,000 votes, chided jubilant DMK workers in Chennai as they celebrated at the party headquarters flouting Covid-19 norms. His son and DMK Youth Wing secretary Udhayanidhi, defeated PMK rival AVA Kassali by a margin of 69,355 votes in Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni.

May 02, 2021 21:28 (IST)

We have won! Thank you Kovai South for your support & blessings. I bow down to my voters, to my leaders, PM @narendramodi ji, HM @AmitShah ji, Nat'l President @JPNadda ji, GS(O) @blsanthosh ji & all @BJP4TamilNadu karyakarta for their hard work & dedication: BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan

May 02, 2021 21:16 (IST)

BREAKING | Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan loses to BJP women's wing national President Vanathi Srinivasan in Coimbatore South constituency

May 02, 2021 21:02 (IST)

UPDATE | BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan leading by 1235 against Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan. 

May 02, 2021 20:48 (IST)

READ | Assembly Election Results 2021: Counting on Smoothly, But Website Slow Due to Server Overload, says EC

The Election Commission on Sunday said the counting process for the five assemblies was going on "smoothly", but its website was slow in displaying trends and results due to server overload.

May 02, 2021 20:27 (IST)

UPDATE | DMK deputy general secretary I Periyasamy has won with the highest margin so far in Tamil Nadu with a margin of 1,34,082.

May 02, 2021 20:21 (IST)

I wish my friend MK Stalin all the best for the forthcoming term as chief minister. May he perform to the fullest satisfaction of all people of Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth

May 02, 2021 20:05 (IST)

Stalin Thanks PM Modi | Thank you Hon'ble Prime Minister @narendramodi for your kind wishes. I look forward to working with the Union Government to fulfill aspirations of the State. Through federal co-operation, I am sure we will overcome COVID-19 and chart the post-pandemic growth story: DMK chief MK Stalin

May 02, 2021 19:59 (IST)

PM Modi Wishes Stalin | 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: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

May 02, 2021 19:52 (IST)

Well Deserved Victory: Mufti to Stalin | Congratulations & best wishes to @mkstalin ji for his well deserved victory in Tamil Nadu. I am certain that the state will scale new heights of progress & development under his leadership: JKPDP President Mehbooba Mufti

May 02, 2021 19:35 (IST)

DMK Flags Vote Counting Malpractice in Viralimalai | DMK organising secretary R S Bharathi urged the Election Commission to replace the Returning Officer of the Viralimalai Assembly constituency for malpractice in the counting of votes. The DMK said around 4,000 votes polled in favour of party candidate Palaniappan were counted as AIADMK votes for Health Minister C Vijayabaskar. The AIADMK candidate was shown to be leading with about 3,000 votes.

May 02, 2021 19:20 (IST)

READ | MK Stalin Rides to Power in a Close Fight, In a Narrow Defeat E Palanisamy Emerges as a Leader

The 'Prince' in waiting MK Stalin has finally captured the throne at Fort St George in Chennai.

May 02, 2021 19:04 (IST)

Stalin Thanks TN People for Voting DMK to Power | DMK president M K 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. "The people have given their massive support realising that their well-being would be protected if DMK was voted to power, he said in a statement. The victory was a commendation for over 50 years of his party's committed work for the people and state. Also, it was in recognition of everyday hardwork of partymen to fulfill the dream of bringing the party to power," he said.

May 02, 2021 18:55 (IST)

Kamal Haasan Sees Setback | Kamal Haasan sees set back in Coimbatore south with BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan leading by 900 votes at the end of round 23.

May 02, 2021 18:42 (IST)

UPDATE | 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: ECI

May 02, 2021 18:37 (IST)

Humbly Accept the People’s Mandate: Rahul Gandhi | We humbly accept the people’s mandate. Sincere gratitude to our workers & the millions of people who supported us on the ground. We will continue to fight for our values and ideals. Jai Hind: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

May 02, 2021 18:17 (IST)

READ | 'Will Remain with AIADMK; No Pan-Tamil Nadu Leader in Party after Amma': BJP's CT Ravi

Facing defeat in Tamil Nadu, the BJP leader also said parties blaming the Centre for Covid spread and the Left getting wiped out led to TMC's Bengal win.

May 02, 2021 18:10 (IST)

Official Leads at 6 PM | 

May 02, 2021 18:01 (IST)

UPDATE | Gandhi M R of BJP wins Nagercoil assembly seat. Minister for Cooperation and AIADMK candidate for Madurai West Sellur K. Raju has been declared winner. 

May 02, 2021 17:55 (IST)

People of TN Have Voted for Change: Rahul Gandhi | Congratulations to Shri MK Stalin for the victory. People of Tamil Nadu have voted for change and we will, under your leadership, prove to be a confident step in that direction: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

May 02, 2021 17:47 (IST)

At the end of the 27th round of Madurai West,  Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju leads by 6199 votes

DMK (Chinnamal): 65,215
AIADMK Sellur K Raju: 71,414

May 02, 2021 17:33 (IST)

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Congratulates MK Stalin | I congratulate DMK president Mk Stalin ji & Tamil Nadu Congress President, KS Alagiri ji for the victory of alliance in Tamil Nadu. People of the state have given a befitting reply to AIADMK- BJP & chosen a progressive alliance of DMK-Congress, says Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot

May 02, 2021 17:26 (IST)

DMK Wins Madurai Central | In the Madurai Central Assembly constituency, 25 rounds of votes were counted. DMK candidate Palanivel Thiagarajan emerges as a winner at the end of the 25th round at 72,034 votes, with margin of 33,394 against AIADMK Jyoti Muthuramalingam, who got 38,640 votes. Total votes cast in this constituency: 1,47,566

May 02, 2021 17:11 (IST)

UPDATE | AIADMK's Amulkandasami T K wins Valparai assembly seat by 12,223 votes. So far, the outgoing party has won 12 seats: Arakkonam, Kilvaithinankuppam, Vaniyambadi, Veppanahalli, Vanur, Bhavanisagar, Gudalur, Pollachi, Valparai, Chidambaram, Vedaranyam and Melur. 

May 02, 2021 16:54 (IST)

41 Wins Declared in TN | A total of 41 wins out of 235 seats has been declared.

DMK: 24

AIADMK: 9

INC: 5

CPI: 2

CPIM: 1

May 02, 2021 16:46 (IST)

WATCH | Key takeaways from Tamil Nadu Elections

May 02, 2021 16:37 (IST)

Shashi Tharoor Wishes Stalin on 'Decisive Victory' | Congratulations to Thiru MK Stalin on his convincing & decisive victory. All Congress workers are happy to be allied with a party that will restore good governance to Tamil Nadu. Together we must stand for co-operative federalism & #InclusiveIndia: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

May 02, 2021 16:33 (IST)

DMK has won 19 seats including Thiruvallur, Thiruvottiyur, Egmore, Chepauk Thiruvallikeni, Jolarpet, Tiruvannamalai, Coonoor, Madurai East, and Palayamkottai. AIADMK has won 7 seats till now. 

May 02, 2021 16:23 (IST)

READ | Kanyakumari LS Bypoll Result 2021: Senior BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan Trails by Over 1 Lakh Votes

Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan was trailing by a margin of 1,11,491 votes against his rival Vijay Vasanth of the Congress in the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency.

May 02, 2021 16:19 (IST)

UPDATE | AIADMK candidate Amul Kandasamy wins the Valparai assembly seat by 12,223 votes.

May 02, 2021 16:14 (IST)

Udhyanidhi Stalin presents to father MK Stalin the brick he’d taken from the AIIMS’ Madurai unit, symbolising the meagre progress on the construction of the medical facility by the outgoing AIADMK govt. 

Tamil Nadu Election Results 2021: Modi, Rajini Wish Stalin for DMK Win, Kamal Haasan Loses in Coimbatore
DMK youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin shares his victory with his father and party president MK Stalin after winning the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls at his residence ,in Chennai, Sunday. (PTI)

Actor-turned-politician and Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan lost to BJP women’s wing national president Vanathi Srinivasan in Coimbatore South constituency.

Counting of votes of the 234-member Legislative Assembly election in Tamil Nadu began at 8 am on Sunday with strict protocol in place. While both the Dravidian parties — DMK and AIADMK — fought the election following a bitter poll campaign, exit polls gave the DMK and its chief an edge. The DMK victory in this Assembly election will bring it back to power after a decade. While the AIADMK is in alliance with the BJP, the DMK has tied up with the Congress. While these two alliances are the top contenders, added to the mix was Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). Like in West Bengal, the BJP has also looked to make inroads in Tamil Nadu.

These were also the first elections fought in years without the two party stalwarts and arch-rivals J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. Polling for the state was held on April 6. In 2016, the AIADMK won 136 seats and the DMK won 89 of the 178 constituencies it contested. DMK ally, the Congress, won eight seats, while the Indian Union Muslim League (another partner in the DMK’s coalition) won one seat. While till 2016, Tamil Nadu has always voted for a change in government, in 2016 Jayalalithaa managed to stay in power for a second term.

The absence of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi is significant in these elections. Political analyst N Sathiya Moorthy had told News18, “Independent of the results, this election is expected to consolidate the post-Jaya, post-Karunanidhi Dravidian political hold over the state. Critics cannot anymore attribute the Dravidian success story to filmi charisma, though the freebies charge can become shriller.”

While DMK chief Stalin hopes for a mandate in his favour, chief minister Palaniswami has the backing of the BJP. Who will win the battle for the state? We will know by the end of today.

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