LIVE BLOG: J Jayalalithaa breaks the jinx; set to become CM for the second straight time
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#Elections2016 @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/b3gxiXpE07— Business Standard (@bsindia) May 19, 2016 Updates AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa has won from her constituency Dr RK Nagar. MK Stalin, DMK Treasurer, has won from his constituency Kolathur. DMK Chief, M Karunanidhi, has won from ThiruvarurAIADMK cadres, with their bodies painted, celebrate the party's victory in the Assembly polls outside Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence in ChennaiWATCH: AIADMK supporters celebrate party's lead outside Amma's residenceCongratulations to Tamil Nadu CM Dr. J Jayalalitha on her victory in assembly polls. My good wishes to her on her second consecutive term— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) May 19, 2016 Truly historic victory because after 1984,no ruling party in state has been able to win in elections for second successive time-Jayalalithaa— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Congress supporters celebrate as Congress wins 8 seats and is leading in 2 seats in Puducherry #Election2016 pic.twitter.com/K8Jibb2XqC— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Puducherry Elections update Congress – Won: 9; Leads – 1 AINR Congress - Won: 8 AIADMK – Won: 2, Leads -1 DMK - Won: 1 Independent- Won: 1 Congress' richest candidate in Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections Vasanthakumar wins in Nanguneri seatVictory of AIADMK can be attributed to Amma's rule and governance. Next elections, we will win and do a hat-trick, says AIADMK leader Anwar Raja.Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, congratulated Jayalalithaa on the victory.Puducherry Elections UpdateTotal SeatsAIADMK - 1AINRC - 7Congress - 8DMK - 1Independent - 1Promises made in manifesto will be fulfilled, will continuously strive towards making TN 1st in all spheres of development: Jayalalithaa— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 "AIADMK should thank DMK for joining hands with Congress and announcing Karunanidhi as CM candidate; that is why AIADMK lost. If Stalin was projected as CM and went without (Congress), the party would have won... BJP will emerge as strong party in Tamil Nadu and this election proved. Young voters and educated people love the BJP... In the next three years, the party will become strong further," BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has said.I convey my heartiest thanks to voters who have reaffirmed their faith on me and given me another chance: TN CM Jayalalithaa #Election2016— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 "This is the victory that had buried dynasty politics. A party that believed opinion polls and not the people of the state had lost. This victory is historical achievement. I thank people of Tamil Nadu for it. You rejected DMK's false propaganda," AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa has said. Vote share AIADMK - 41.5% DMK - 31.1% Indian National Congress - 6.4% PMK - 5.1% IND -1.4% NTK - 1% CPM - 0.7% BJP outperforms DMDK The national party has managed to garner 2.6% votes compared to 2.3% for the DMDKTamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa leads by 17,553 votes in RK Nagar.So far, BJP has failed to lead in any seat in the state.I laud the efforts of our Karyakartas in WB & TN. They put up a spirited performance & will continue to raise people’s issues there.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016 Update from Chennai city Chepauk-Triplicane: AIADMK’s A Noorjahan currently trails, while DMK’s J Anbalagan of DMK is leading Anna Nagar: AIADMK’s Gokula Indira trails, MK Mohan of DMK is currently leading Update from Chennai city AIADMK's C Ponniyan currently trailing from Saidapet, while DMK's M Subramanian leadsAIADMK supporters worship the bust of MG Ramachandran at the party's headquarters in Tamil NaduHad a telephone conversation with Jayalalithaa ji and congratulated her on her victory. Also conveyed my best wishes to her. @AIADMKOfficial— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016 AIADMK crosses halfway mark All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) crosses the magic 117-mark. The party is currently leading in 117 seats in the state.WATCH: Women break into dance outside AIADMK HQ in Chennai to celebrate,as trends show AIADMK leading #Elections2016https://t.co/HY5ebRnn3m— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Update AIADMK - 133 DMK - 90 PMK - 6 BJP - 1 Others - 1Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa currently leading with a margin of 9,000 votes from RK Nagar. Update on the big names: Among the four chief ministerial candidates in the state, Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi are leading from RK Nagar and Thiruvarur, respectively. Meanwhile, Vijayakanth, the CM candidate for third front is trailing from Ulundurpet and Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK is trailing from Pennagaram. Update: AIADMK- 126 DMK - 84 PMK - 6 BJP - 1 DMDK - 0 Others- 1“It is people’s verdict, we need to respect it. Money played a major role in the election,” D Rajan of Communist Party said. The party is a part of the third front.As counting starts for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, Sun TV stock price down by 8.08%Anbumani Ramadoss, PMK's chief ministerial candidate, is trailing from Pennagaram Leads Update AIADMK- 131 DMK- 71 PMK- 4News from Puducherry - AINR Congress has won one seat- Congress seen leading in four seats#TamilNadu : Dance party at admk office pic.twitter.com/gN9EpAxdSW— INDIA TRENDING NOW (@ITNlive) May 19, 2016 AIADMK cadres have started celebrating outside party headquarters in Chennai. They have now started gathering at Jayalalithaa's residenceUPDATE: AIADMK: 115DMK: 68PMK: 4BJP: 1Initial trend shows AIADMK leading, but there is neck-to-neck competition between them and the DMKTamil Nadu Assembly polls: AIADMK leads in 5 seats, DMK in 2MK Stalin, Dayanidhi Maran, Kanimozhi, DMK spokesperson and former Lok Sabha MP T K S Elangovan, Jagathratchagan arrive at M Karunanidhi's residence.DMK leader and former Union Minister Dayanaidhi Maran says DMK will in majority of the placesAt Mettur, PMK is leading in one seat, which is currently held by Vijayakanth-led DMDK#Election2016 Tamil Nadu : AIADMK leading in 93 seats, DMK+ leading in 76 seats, others yet to open their account— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 'Captain' Vijayakanth, the chief ministerial candidate of the third front, is currently trailing from UlundurpetUpdate: DMK Treasurer MK Stalin currently leading from Kolathur. In Chennai, DMK seen to be leading in many seats. Update: AIADMK shown leading from Vanniyar belt in the state#Election2016 Jayalailithaa leads in RK Nagar constituency seat (Tamil Nadu) by 1906 votes.— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 #Election2016 Tamil Nadu latest EC data from postal ballots: AIADMK leading in 64 seats, DMK leading in 61 seats— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Current leads DMK: 31 AIADMK: 36 BJP: 1 The figures/ trends being updated here exclude postal votesInitial trends show a two-way contest between the AIADMK and the DMK. Current leads DMK: 24 AIADMK: 24 BJP: 1 Bodinayakkanur: O Panneerselvam, close aide of J Jayalalithaa and current finance minister, currently leading#Election2016 Tamil Nadu latest EC data from postal ballots: AIADMK leading in 8 seats, DMK leading in 13 seats— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Thiruvarur: DMK leading from the constituency where M Karunanidhi is fighting from Update from Saidapet: DMK leader M Subramanian leading from the constituencyAIADMK continues to lead from Orathanadu, while DMK continues to lead from Ooty. Fresh trends: DMK leads in three seats, while the ruling AIADMK is showing leads in two seats.Reports coming in that there has been a delay in counting of votes at ChengalpattuFirst leads are in. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is leading with one seat from Orathanadu.Assembly Polls 2016 results: Counting of votes begins in 4 statesPostal ballots being opened in a counting centre in Chennai #Election2016 #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/ZKhW8UJA1r— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Initially, postal ballots will be counted. First set of numbers is set to be known by 9 a.m.UPDATE: Counting begins in PuducherryUPDATE: Counting starts in Tamil Nadu across 68 centres.In Tamil Nadu there was widespread use of black money, by surveillance,flying squads we were able to seize more than 110 crores:Nasim Zaidi— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Security tightened outside counting centre in Chennai #Elections2016 #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/sH2HQP6yN9— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 AIADMK supporters outside CM J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence in Chennai #Elections2016 pic.twitter.com/Fco5x850pX— ANI (@ANI_news) May 19, 2016 Good morning. Welcome to election day coverage. Stay tuned for all the updates from Tamil Nadu.Exit polls in Tamil Nadu favour DMK Jayalaithaa set to lose in Tamil Nadu: Exit polls Update: 57% voter turnout in Chennai till 5 pmVoter turnout till 5 pm Perundurai 80% Theni 75% Chidambaram 73% Kumbakonam 73% Pudukotai 71.54% Kanyakumari 62% Tirupur 67% Salem 76.58% Tiruvanamalai 75.5% Erode 75% Nagapatinam 65%Reports suggest that some villages in Tuticorin, Kanchipuram, Tiruchy, Virudhanagar, Maduratankam have boycotted the elections. Officials from Election Commission are said to be in discussions with the villagers. UPDATE: Voter turnout till 3 PM Kanyakumari- 64% Erode- 66% Theni- 63% Tirupur- 63% Tirunelveli- 59.57% Kanchipuram- 59% Dharmapuri- 75% Cuddalore- 54% Virudhunagar- 63%As of 3 PM, voter turnout in the state has risen to 63.7%; Chennai has posted a turnout of 50.27%A newly-married couple at Pathirakottai, Neyveli poses for a photograph outside a polling stationTamil Nadu Election Commmission has recommended to the Election Commission in New Delhi to extend voting times by one hour in Thanjavur, Tiruchy, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram & Madurai UPDATE: Voter turnout in Tamil Nadu Ariyalur- 56% Jayamkondam- 51%, Thiruvarur- 42% Salem- 53% Tiruvanamalai- 38% Erode- 49% Kovai- 49% Chennai- 38% Voter turnout in Tamil Nadu reported at 42.1%Voting underway at a polling booth in Puducherry pic.twitter.com/d08DqGzp6V— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Puducherry reports a voter turnout of 44.68% till 1 PM.Voting in Tamil Nadu assembly polls underway: A newly married bride casts her vote in Pallapalayam, Samalapuram. pic.twitter.com/yZ91NH7l1j— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: Rajinikanth urges people to voteHeavy rains reported at in few parts including coastal regions of Nagapattinam & Cuddalore distt: Rajesh Lahoni, Chief Electoral Officer TN— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Meanwhile, the cities like Chennai are seeing a large turn out of first-time voters, Lakhoni said. UPDATE: Voter Turnout Chennai – 25% Ariyalur – 30% Arani – 42% Villipuram - 31% Jayamkondam – 31% Theni – 25%Interestingly, in Dr RK Nagar, the constituency of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, 30 polling centres do not have power.Power cuts have been witnessed in several parts of the state. Voting has been hit due to rains in Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Tiruchy, and a few places in Chennai, Lakhoni added.Rains continue to impact polling centres in the state. Rajesh Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu, has said that showers in a few places have disturbed voting.Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls: Jayalalithaa exudes confidence in people's judgementSC refuses to entertain a plea seeking SIT probe in the money seizure matter during #TamilNaduElection, asks petitioner to approach HC— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 DMK women's wing secretary and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi casts her vote at a polling booth in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/fUvuTrtdLQ— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 UPDATE: Voter turnout in Tamil Nadu, as of 11 AM, is 25.2%Voting for #TamilNaduElection underway: Visuals of drizzling in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/FmLSa1I2ut— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 UPDATE: Voter turnout in Puducherry seen at 27.51%Lathi charge has been reported in one of the booths at Ramanathapuram. The venue is said to be the 46th ward at Mudhalnadu in Ramanathapuram district.We have given EC ample evidence of money being used across Kerala by Congress: RP Rudy,BJP after meet with EC pic.twitter.com/76vJmZjFE6— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 TN assembly polls: BJP, CPI(M) demand disqualifications of candidates in money distribution rowAssembly elections' outcome could trigger knee-jerk reaction in markets: analystsElection Commission is now discussing whether to extend timings due to the rainIt is now raining in 14 districts of the state. Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Madurai and Dindigul report heavy rain. Moderate and light shower seen in various parts of Chennai. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has asked the Election Commission to extend timings for voting.Several leaders in the state have alleged that the Election Commission failed to take action against Dravidian parties who were giving money for votes till last night.Former Union Minister and DMK leader A Raja hast cast his vote at Perambalur.Heavy rains were reported in parts of Tamil Nadu like Tiruchy, Karaikal, Ramanathapuram, among others. Power cuts are also hitting polling in a few places.Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls: Actor Ajith casts his vote#TamilNaduElection: Volunteers assist senior citizens who arrive at a polling booth in Chennai to cast their vote. pic.twitter.com/9EXuQmtzPm— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly polls: Voting underway, Kamal Hasan casts his vote in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/9fJhqDWpAz— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 #PuducherryPolls2016: [In Pic] CRPF personnel guarding polling station in Ossudu constituency. pic.twitter.com/biueOCp7bF— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) May 16, 2016 PMK's chief ministerial candidate, Anbumani Ramadoss, has said that his party will form the government. "India got freedom on August 15, 1947. Tamil Nadu will get freedom on May 19, 2016 from the Dravidian rule. People are fed up with the corruption; for Dravidian parties, it is business, but for me it is service," Ramadoss said.In two days, you will know as to what is the judgement of the people: CM Jayalalithaa after casting her vote.#TN pic.twitter.com/rPiaumr5Y0— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Interestingly, the venue where she voted is the same college where the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has studiedTamil Nadu assembly polls: CM Jayalalitha casts her vote at Chennai's Stella Maris College pic.twitter.com/sYdEx69IzO— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalaithaa, reaches Stella Maris College to cast her vote along with her friend Sasikala.Chennai: DMDK-PWF chief ministerial candidate Vijayakanth casts his vote in Kaveri High School,Saligramam. pic.twitter.com/Uyxy5oh2WP— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Vijayakanth, DMDK chief and CM candidate of the third front, casts his vote at a booth in Virugambakkam.Going at the current rate, turnout of voters at the end of the day may be in the range of 75-80%, experts have said. In 2011 Assembly polls, the total turnout was seen at 78.02% Voter Turnouts till 9 AM: Chennai - 13% Cuddalore- 15% Thiruvarur- 5% Coimbatore- 6% Ramanathapuram- 3% Madurai- 11% Kanyakumari- 9% Pudukottai - 18% Thiruvallur- 9.95% Dharmapuri - 21%According to TV reports, a local counsellor has allegedly slapped a voter at OttanchathiramEarlier in the day, DMK leader MK Stalin was seen waiting in the queue to cast his vote.Puducherry Polls: Voter turnout till 9 AM seen at 9% at Puducherry, according to TV reportsVoter turnout reported to be at 18.3% in Tamil Nadu so far. Voting had commenced at 7 am in the state.DMK leader MK Stalin has demanded an CBI enquiry into instances of money being distributed in constituenciesClashes have been reported among members of DMK and AIADMK in one of the booths at ThiruneermalaiUrging all voters in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry to vote in record numbers today & be a part of this festival of democracy.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 16, 2016 A cop at Virgugambakkam booth fell unconscious. BJP's state president, Tamilsai Soundararajan, who had come to the booth to cast her vote, was treating the police official. She is a doctor by profession.The Tamil superstar, however, declined to comment on the issue of money being distributed in various constituenciesEveryone should vote, that is a duty: Rajinikanth after casting his vote in Chennai's Stella Maris College. pic.twitter.com/NwABfJvBJj— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Tamil film stars like Rajini Kanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith Kumar have also caste their votesVoting for Tamil Nadu assembly elections underway: DMK Treasurer M K Stalin casts his vote in SIET College,Chennai. pic.twitter.com/QmtzITjO6V— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Celebrities and DMK leader MK Stalin were among the voters who caste their votes during the first hour. Stalin, who came to SIET college booth along with his family, voted at 8 a.m. He also told reporters that DMK will form the Government under the leadership of Karunaidhi. He said that in all the 234 constituencies, DMK and its alliance partners will win as anti-Jayalalithaa wave is high.Election Commission defers polls to Thanjavur Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu following reports of money distribution by candidates.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) May 15, 2016 Tamil Nadu polls: Decoding the candidatesAssembly polls: Voting begins in Puducherry todayVoting for 233 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu underway: Visuals of drizzling in parts of Madurai. pic.twitter.com/Qc66VL4p48— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Voting underway in Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth casts his vote in Chennai's Stella Maris College pic.twitter.com/X202pQ8tKD— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 We will win enough number of seats, our winning prospects are bright: DMK president M. Karunanidhi after voting pic.twitter.com/HbZ5tE3rKw— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Voting begins in Tamil Nadu for 233 Assembly constituencies, visuals from Chennai's Stella Maris College pic.twitter.com/M3jDU4pODZ— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016 Tamil Nadu Elections: State goes to polls tomorrowAIADMK, DMK govts failed to develop Tamil Nadu: Nirmala SitharamanAssembly polls: Campaigning ends in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and PuducherryTamil Nadu assembly polls: Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi appeal for votesTamil Nadu assembly polls: AIADMK, DMK face challenges in leather hubTamil Nadu Assembly polls: Rs 570 crore seized by election officialsJaya asks cadres to campaign hard in Tamil Nadu electionTamil Nadu elections: BJP pins hopes on salt-producing centre VedaranyamPM slams Dravidian parties, asks TN voters to elect BJPTamil Nadu assembly polls: Tough battle on cards in star seat of PennagaramTamil Nadu assembly polls: DMDK chief slams TV channels' election surveysTamil Nadu assembly polls: AIADMK poll manifesto 'copied' one, says KarunanidhiTamil Nadu tops in cash seizures ahead of assembly electionsThree CM candidates in Tamil Nadu among top 10 crorepatis: reportThanjavur (Tamil Nadu): CM Jayalalithaa arrives at the venue where ppl have gathered in large nos #TamilNaduElection pic.twitter.com/WHzlBulNHO— ANI (@ANI_news) May 8, 2016 Tamil Nadu Polls: O Panneerselvam - Seeking a blessing in disguise?On election trail in Tamil Nadu, Modi attacks Congress on chopper scamTamil Nadu assembly polls: Tough battle on cards in star seat of PennagaramDMK Chief M Karunanidhi addressing an election rally in Chennai #TamilNaduElection pic.twitter.com/GCnb8BAStY— ANI (@ANI_news) May 8, 2016 PM Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) #TamilNaduElection pic.twitter.com/K8Bc4IKdmm— ANI (@ANI_news) May 6, 2016 Tamil Nadu has the potential to drive India's growth: Suresh PrabhuRahul Gandhi alleges industries left Tamil Nadu due to corruptionRebellion in Tamil Nadu BJP over ticketsPoll sops: AIADMK vows free mobiles, laptops with internet, free electricity#AgustaWestland scam in air, Adarsh scam on land,coal scam beneath land,submarine scam in water & 2G scam in space, under UPA rule-Amit Shah— ANI (@ANI_news) May 4, 2016 Tamil Nadu can't progress under rule of these 3 parties (DMK, AIADMK & Cong). Only NDA Govt can bring development in TN- Amit Shah— ANI (@ANI_news) May 4, 2016 BJP President Amit Shah at an election rally in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) pic.twitter.com/K93y98kS3K— ANI (@ANI_news) May 4, 2016 Tamil Nadu assembly polls: Scrutiny of nominations begins in stateRural Tamil Nadu wants farm loans, says ADR studyTamil Nadu assembly polls: DMK's Stalin, DMDK's Vijayakanth file nominationsVijayakanth the CM choice of new alliance for Tamil Nadu polls Tamil Nadu elections: A history in the making? Tamil Nadu’s Legislative Assembly is currently staring at a possible history in the making. It will either have its incumbent chief minister J Jayalalithaa taking oath for the consecutive time, an event never seen in Tamil Nadu politics as no party has re-elected itself to power in the state or have a new chief ministerial candidate in MK Stalin, representing the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The announcement of Stalin as CM candidate also marks the departure of veteran M Karunanidhi from being in the race, though he would be contesting from their traditional stronghold Thiruvarur. The incumbent chief minister J Jayalalithaa is going all guns blazing to break this jinx. The DMK, meanwhile, is trying to downplay this and has engaged itself in a three-way battle with the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the People’s Welfare Front or the Third Front. The state goes to polls on May 16, with 234 seats up for grabs in the state’s assembly. The counting will take place on May 19.