TN, Kerala go to polls today

TN, Kerala go to polls today

Tamil Nadu and Kerala go to polls on Monday that will decide the fate of Chief MinistersJayalalithaa and Oommen Chandy and their arch-rivals M Karunanidhi and V S Achutanandan in their respective states.

The states will witness multi-cornered contests. Puducherry also goes to the polls on Monday.Counting of votes in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry along with West Bengal and Assam will be taken up on May 19 to decide the outcome of what is being described as ‘mini’ general election.

The BJP is seeking to make inroads in Tamil Nadu and Kerala where the power has oscillated between the AIADMK and the DMK and the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), respectively, for decades. In Tamil Nadu, a total of 3,740 aspirants are in the fray for the 233 Assembly seats.

In Kerala, the ruling UDF and LDF are keeping their fingers crossed even as BJP is hoping to get a toe-hold. A total of 1,203 candidates, including 109 women, are contesting for the 140 Assembly seats.

Congress’s Chandy, CPM veteran Achutanandan and his party colleague Pinarayi Vijayan, many high-profile leaders and cricketer Sreesanth are among the key candidates.

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