The data released by Election Commission at 10 am signals a close fight between the incumbent AIADMK and DMK. It shows that MK Stalin-led DMK is leading in 33 seats, while the AIADMK is up in 30 seats. The BJP, according to EC, leads in two seats, while PMK is up in four.
The counting of votes for the 234-member Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu began at 8 am on Sunday amidst strict Covid protocols in 75 centres across the state. A party would require at least 118 seats to win the election. The E Palaniswami-led AIADMK, who has allied with BJP, seeks to retain power for the third time in a row but faces a stiff challenge from M K Stalin-led DMK.
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