Exit polls predict losses for Jaya & Chandy

Raj Kamal Rao
Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK Supremo Karunanidhi after casting his vote during Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in Chennai on Monday. PTI Photo

Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK Supremo Karunanidhi after casting his vote during Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in Chennai on Monday. PTI Photo

The Exit polls results announced few minutes after the polling concluded in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have hinted anti-incumbency against Jayan and Ommen Chandy.

Projecting a defeat of Jayalalithaa led AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, exit polls have given DMK-Congress alliance a comfortable majority in the 234 member Assembly.

The Times Now-C Voter survey that broke from the general trend in Tamil Nadu to hand over victory to incumbent CM Jayalalithaa. Two other surveys, News Nation and India Today projected Karunanidi lead DMK-Congress alliance occupying Assembly

News Nation gave DMK-Congress 114-118 seats in the 234-seat Tamil Nadu Assembly, while India Today group projected 124-140 seats for DMK+.

Voting percentage came down in Tamil Nadu, Kerala compared to the 2011 Assembly polls. Tamil Nadu recorded 73.76 per cent as against the 78.12 per cent in 2011.

Of the 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu, two constituencies of Thanjavur and Aravakurichi the Election Commission deferred the polls to May 23.

VS Achuthanandan speaks at an election campaign. Photo-PTI

VS Achuthanandan speaks at an election campaign.
Photo-PTI

In Kerala most the exit polls predicted clear win for the Left Democratic Front.  Of the 140 seats in Kerala, Today’s Chanakya predicted 75 seats for Achutanandans LDF while India Today gave it 88-101 and Times Now-C Voter pitched 78.

Despite heavy rains on the day before polling Kerala improved its voting by 2 percent. On the 16th May poll 77.35  per cent voters turned up in compared to the 75.12 per cent in 2011 Assembly elections.

Counting for both Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be held on 19th May.