The DMK has established lead in the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu as per early trends, while the AIADMK and DMK are putting up a tough fight with each other in the by-elections to 22 Assembly constituencies.
In the Lok Sabha seats, the DMK is leading in 35 seats, while in the Assembly by-elections, both the AIADMK and the DMK are leading in 10 seats each.
Among the DMK candidates, who have established early leads were Rajya Sabha member and late leader M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, former Union Ministers T R Baalu
(Sriperumbudur), S Jagatrachakan (Arakkonam), A Raja (Nilgiris-R), S S Palanimanickam (Thanjavur), Dayanidhi Maran (Central Chennai), Su Thirunavukakrasar (Trichy), IJK leader Paarivendhar (Perambalur) and Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram (Sivaganga) and PMK Youth wing leader and sitting MP Dr Anbumani Ramadoss (Dharmapuri).
The elections witnessed a four-cornered contest between the AIADMK-BJP led Front, that comprises the PMK, DMDK, Puthiya Tamilagam, Tamil Maanila Congress and New Justice Party, the Opposition DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance (SPA) that included Congress, MDMK, CPI, CPI(M), IUML, VCK, KMDK and IJK, the AMMK of Dhinakaran and the nascent Makkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) of actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.
Around 5,000 policemen have been deployed in the city at counting centers and at crucial places to avert any untoward incidents and a 80,000-strong police force are on duty across the State.
As many as 306 officials are involved in the counting process in the city and a three-tier security is laid out here. Along with the city police, Armed Reserve, members of CRPF and Swift Action Force (SAF) and Intelligence Section police are also posted for duty.
With a majority of the exit poll predicting victory for the Opposition DMK-led Front in the polls, the people’s verdict would be very crucial for the surival of the AIADMK government.