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Tamil Nadu assembly elections: Poll survey favours Jayalalithaa

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 2, 2016, 6:00 am IST
Updated Apr 2, 2016, 6:00 am IST
The DMDK-PWA front led by ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth is becoming the ‘king-sized’ spoil-sport for octogenarian Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa
 Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

Chennai: A pre-poll survey done by Times Now-India TV-CVoter predicts a clear win for the ruling AIADMK, winning over 130 seats out of the 234 going to polls on May 16. The survey results, released Friday, show that Jayalalithaa is set to become the chief minister for a record sixth time. While her mentor and AIADMK founder had done only three terms albeit consecutively (1977-87), archrival M. Karunanidhi of the DMK had held the reins five times.

The survey said the AIADMK could get 39 per cent vote share, which is a big dip from the 52 per cent of the 2011 poll, while the DMK is expected to get 32 per cent as against the 40 per cent scored last poll. The DMK-Congress alliance is expected to secure 70 seats.

 

There is some solace for this front though, as it could form the government in the neighbouring  Puducherry by winning 17 seats in the 30-member Assembly. Chief Minister N Rangaswamy’s AINR Congress may win  seven seats, the survey said. 

The DMDK-PWA front led by ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth is becoming the ‘king-sized’ spoil-sport for octogenarian Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu. The Dravidian patriarch had hoped to stitch together a grand alliance including the DMDK but Vijayakanth refused to take the bite and believe that the DMK chief would share power with him.

 

However, the pre-poll survey done by leading Hindi news channel News Nation has predicted a close fight between the AIADMK and the DMK, in fact giving the latter an edge. It said the AIADMK could win between 103 and 107 seats while the DMK may get 107-111 seats.

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