Bengal Votes For TMC, TN Picks DMK; LDF Retains Kerala, BJP Wins Assam

That ‘Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chai’ or ‘Bengal Wants Her Own Daughter’ is being strongly reinforced yet again going by the leads coming out of West Bengal where the Trinamool Congress is inching closer to the 200 mark leaving principal opponent BJP way behind in the electoral race.

The BJP however has been able to consolidate its position further in Assam going by the trends coming in with Congress occupying the second slot in the tally chart for now.

Down south in Tamil Nadu, Stalin’s DMK appears all set to wrest power from the AIAIDMK and form the next government on his own. In Kerela, Pinarayi Vijayan appears to have been successful in stalling the BJP.  The NDA meanwhile appears to be ahead in Puducherry.

Congratulatory messages have started pouring in for Mamata Banerjee already in view of TMC’s stellar performance in the lections.

Meanwhile, in complete violation of Election Commission’s directives, supporters of DMK and TMC got down to victory celebrations in Chennai and Kolkata. The poll panel also wrote to Chief Secretaries of the states urging them to stop these celebrations immediately in view of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

While Assam and West Bengal saw multiple phases of polling, electors in Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu cast their votes in a single phase on April 6.

The exit polls for the four states and a Union Territory predicted a clear victory for DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu, LDF retaining power in Kerala and BJP-led NDA in Assam and a tight contest in Bengal with several surveys giving an edge to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC). In Puducherry, the polls predicted victory for NDA.

Counting is taking place at 2,364 counting halls and 822 returning officers and more than 7,000 assistant returning officers have been designated for the purpose. The commission has deputed approximately 1100 Counting Observers to watch the process of counting.

The counting including for seats where by-polls have been held started at 8 am on Sunday.
The EC has made elaborate arrangements for smooth and safe counting in 822 assembly constituencies in five States/UT and for by-polls in 4 parliamentary constituencies and 13 assembly constituencies across 13 states.

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