Party and allies set to win 37 of 41 seats in eight constituencies
The DMK has regained its supremacy in the central region. Of the 41 seats in eight constituencies, the party and its allies are expected to win in 37, as of press time.
The front led by DMK which had lost its grip in certain segments in 2016 was this time a resounding success. Clear anti-titular sentiment, dissatisfaction with agricultural laws enacted by the BJP government in the center and poor rehabilitation measures after cyclones Gaja and Nivar seem to be behind the defeat of AIADMK, while the alliance led by the DMK has achieved great victories in the Districts of Tiruchi, Perambalur, Ariyalur and Karur. The Thanjavur Delta Districts, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam, once the citadel of the DMK, have returned to the party with the majority of its candidates returning home.
The DMK has wiped out the districts of Tiruchi, Karur, Ariyalur and Perambalur. Candidates from the DMK and its allies headed for victories in almost all of the 17 constituencies, including those billed as the strongholds of the AIADMK. The DMK marched to victory in the nine constituencies of Tiruchi district. Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan suffered a crushing defeat in Tiruchi (East) against Inigo Irudhayaraj of Christhuva Nallenna Iyakkam, who stood for election under the symbol DMK. The DMK candidate won in Srirangam who sent Jayalalithaa to the Assembly in 2011. DMK Principal Secretary KN Nehru defeated V. Padmanathan of AIADMK by over 80,000 votes in Tiruchi (West). Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, a confidant of the leader of the youth wing of the DMK, Udhayanidhi Stalin, won for the second consecutive term in Thiruverumbur, by around 50,000 votes.
The DMK-led alliance won 10 of the 12 constituencies of Thanjavur and Tiruvarur. While the assistant coordinator of AIADMK, K. Vaithilingam, won with a comfortable lead in Orathanadu in the district of Thanjavur, the Minister of Food S. Kamaraj and the Minister of Textile OS Manian were to retain respectively Nannilam. and Vedaranyam, but with a small margin.
The Minister of Health leads
In Pudukottai, Minister of Health C. Vijayabaskar led by 7,242 votes in Viralimalai after the sixth round. However, the count was interrupted for more than three hours as DMK agents raised suspicions about the EVMs who were tied up with coconut coir. AIADMK and DMK agents engaged in heated exchanges on several occasions. Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader MH Jawahirullah took victory in Papanasam, after competing in the elections on the DMK symbol.
In Karur, heavy truck DMK V. Senthil Balaji and Minister of Transport MR Vijayabaskar found themselves in a checkered battle. K. Annamalai, BJP vice-president of state and former IPS officer, beat DMK candidate R. Elango by 4,544 votes in Aravakurichi at the end of the 19th round.