Tamil Nadu results: Jayalalitha marches back to power
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The AIADMK-led opposition front trounced the UPA conclusively in Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Pondicherry, results of which will be announced formally soon.
Of the 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa's coalition is leading from around 200 constituencies, reducing the DMK-Congress combine to a less than a quarter of what they were.
In fact, the demolition of the incumbent was so decisive that the DMK is now facing the threat of being relegated to the third place even behind the nascent DMDK, while Congress is leading only from a meagre 10 seats. Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi has registered a comfortable lead over his rival at home town Tiruvarur, though a majority of his Cabinet colleagues are staring at defeat.
The cloud of uncertainty over the outcome of this Assembly election cleared as soon as the counting started on Friday morning when the AIADMK and its allies – the DMDK, Left parties and a few smaller parties – established lead from a majority of seats.
Riding the wave that none of the psephological radars captured, Jaya has secured much more than the minimum mark of 118 (AIADMK was leading from nearly 150 seats at the time of filing this). If the figure does not convey the full picture, the image of police officials lined up in front of her Poes Garden residence to offer their greetings completed it. The official proclamation is just a mere formality away, Amma is back.
Basking in the glory under the scorching Chennai sun, Jaya made two appearances on her balcony during the day, walking from one end to the other, waving victory sign to the hundreds of cadres gathered outside her home right from the morning.
With this spectacular performance, Jaya and her party took Tamil Nadu back to single-party rule. AIADMK leaders have already made it clear that they have no intention of sharing power, while the number two party in the alliance, Vijayakant's DMDK, announced they had no desire to seek a share.