Advantage DMK front in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu may end up contributing more seats to the UPA kitty, if results of the exit polls are any indication.
Multiple exit polls on Sunday predicted that the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance, comprising the Congress, the CPI, the CPI (M), the MDMK, the VCK and smaller parties, would either sweep the Lok Sabha election or win a majority of the seats. The AIADMK-headed NDA, comprising the BJP, the PMK, the DMDK, the PT and other parties, has been projected to bag a maximum of 16 seats at best, but many polls predicted that it might end up with a single digit tally.
The poll by India Today-Axis My India predicted a rout for the AIADMK-led alliance. It said the DMK front could win between 34 and 38 seats, while the AIADMK might get between zero and four. It projected that the lone seat in Puducherry would go to the Congress.
DMK president M.K. Stalin has backed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate.
Polling was not held in the Vellore constituency.
The Times Now-VMR exit poll said the DMK alliance would get 29 seats and the AIADMK-led alliance, nine seats. The News18-IPSOS exit poll gave the DMK alliance between 22 and 24 seats. The AIADMK alliance, it said, would bag 14 to 16 seats of the total 38 parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu that went for polls on April 18.