DMK chief MK Stalin has finally emerged from his father M Karunanidhi's shadow.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 Kolathur constituency LIVE Updates: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin has won by 12,030 votes in the Kolathur constituency, as per the Election commission website as of 9:12 pm. The DMK president contested against an old rival, senior AIADMK member Aadhi Rajaram.
DMK is also leading with over 151 seats while the ruling AIADMK has 82 seats.
As per the Election commission website, MK Stalin received 19,271 votes while Aadhi Rajaram received 7,241 votes.
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Stalin contested and won previous two seats from Kolathur first in 2011 and the second in 2016. Kolathur is part of Chennai North Lok Sabha seat. In 2011, Stalin won by a margin of 2,734 votes and AIADMK's Saidai Duraisamy was the runner-up while in 2016 Stalin increased the victory margin to 37,730 and again the AIADMK's nominee was pushed to the second place.
Kolathur Assembly seat came into existence in 2008 following delimitation of constituencies.
Stalin is the son of former chief minister late M Karunanidhi. This is the first time both DMK and AIADMK went to the polls without the backing of their stalwarts K Karunanidhi and J Jayalalitha.
Other opponents of the duo include AMMK’s 54-year-old businessman J Arumugam and Makkal Needhi Maiam’s A Jagadish Kumar (31), a real estate businessman.
While several parties are in the fray in Tamil Nadu, the main contest is between the ruling AIADMK and DMK. While AIADMK contested the 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly election in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the DMK had tied up with the Congress.
The other two political alliances are the ones led by TTV Dhinakaran under AMMK and the one being headed by actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.
The single-phase election for the 234-seat Tamil Nadu Assembly was concluded on April 6 with a voter turnout of 71.79 percent, according to Election Commission data. There are 6.28 crore voters in Tamil Nadu and a total of 3,998 candidates in the fray.
In the 2016 Assembly election, the AIADMK had won 136 out of the 234 seats, while the DMK had won 89 seats and Congress eight.Follow Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the 2021 Assembly elections.