The counting of votes polled in 38 parliamentary seats in Tamil Nadu and 1 Lok Sabha seat of Puducherry will take place on Thursday amid tight security. Over 800 candidates are testing their fortunes from the 38 Lok Sabha seats.
The politics of this state has by and large been centered around two regional parties, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Both the parties claim to profess ideologies inspired by the Dravidian movement. While the Congress tied up with DMK and other smaller parties, while BJP joined hands with the AIADMK - which split into two after Jayalalithaa's death - and other state-level parties.
As per procedure, postal ballots will be counted first. The exercise of counting postal ballots will itself take a couple of hours at least. After that counting, EVMs will begin. The paper trail machines slip will be counted in the end. In case of a mismatch, the results based on paper slip count will be considered as final.
Here are the Highlights:
MDMK's A Ganeshamurthi defeats AIADMK candidate G Manimaran in Tamil Nadu's Erode by 2,10,618 votes.
DMK leader and former Union minister A Raja defeats AIADMK'S M Thiagarajan in Tamil Nadu's Nilgiris by 2,05,823 votes.
DMK President MK Stalin thanks people of Tamil Nadu for a resounding victory in LS polls.
Trends 38/38 - DMK:23, Congress: 8, CPI (M): 2, CPI: 2, AIADMK: 2, IUML:1
DMK leading in 23 seats, Congress in 8, AIADMK in 2, CPI in 2, CPI(M) in 2, and IUML in 1.
DMK leading in 23 seats, Congress in 8 seats, AIADMK in 1 seat and others on 6.
DMK leading in 22 seats, Congress in 7 seats
DMK leading in 22 seats, Congress in 8 seats, DMK in 2 seats and others 8.
Congress is leading in Puducherry.
Celebrations outside DMK headquarters in Chennai; According to Official EC trends, DMK is leading on 22 seats
Kanimozhi is also leading from Thoothukudi Lok Sabha seat.
Dayanidhi Maran leading with 55 per cent vote share n Chennai Central seat in Tamil Nadu.
DMK leading in 22 seats, Congress in 8 seats, DMK in 2 seats.
DMK leading in 22 seats, Congress in 8 seats and AIADMK in 1 seat.
Thambiduraim of AIADMK is trailing.
DMK leading in 15 seats, Congress in 7 seats.
DMK leading in 21 seats, Congress in 2 seats, AIADMK leading in 1 seat.
DMK leading in 20 seats, Congress in 2 seats, BJP and AIADMK leading in 1 seat each.
DMK now leading in 20 seats.
Karti Chidambaram leading in Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu.
DMK leading in 17 seats, Congress in 5 seats, BJP leading in 3 seats and AIADMK leading in 1 seat.
DMK leading in 17 seats, Congress in 5 seats, BJP and AIADMK leading in 1 seat each.
DMK leading in 12 seats, BJP leading in 1 seat
Congress leading in 4 seats, DMK leading in 9 seats and AIADMK leading in 1 seat
Prominent personalities in this electoral fray are: Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai (Karur), Union Minister and BJP's Pon Radhakrishnan (Kanniyakumari)
Congress leading in 2 seats, DMK in 3 seats
Counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections2019 begins.
Fate of 8,040 candidates to be decided today.
Both the AMMK and MNM are making their electoral debut.
I am very confident that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will be the next Prime Minister: DMK leader Kanimozhi.
The AMMK floated by independent legislator Dhinakaran and the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) started by actor-politician Kamal Haasan are other two fronts.
The Lok Sabha polls saw four-cornered contests between the two major fronts led by the AIADMK and DMK.
The electoral fate of 822 candidates for 38 Lok Sabha seats will be unravelled today.
Tamil Nadu voted in second phase i.e. April 18.