Tamil Nadu will have single phase assembly elections on May 16, Monday and the results will be announced on May 19, Thursday.
Tamil Nadu's 15th legislative assembly is ruled by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK. It has 234 assembly seats. In 2011 assembly elections, AIADMK had won 150 seats, DMDK-29, DMK-23, CPM-10, CPI-9 and Others-13 seats. [Know Your Leader Profile: J Jayalalithaa- AIADMK]
Let's take a look at the statistics of the poll-bound state:
State: TAMIL NADU
Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: April 22
Last Date for Nominations: April 29
Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: April 30
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: May 2
Date of polling: May 16
Tenure of present govt ends on May 22
Results: May 19
Number of assembly constituencies: 234 [188-General, 44-Scheduled Caste, 2-Scheduled Tribes]
Parliamentary Constituencies: 39
Ruling Party: AIADMK
Opposition Party: DMK
Governor: K Rosaiah
Chief Electoral Officer: IAS officer Rajesh Lakhoni
Total voters this year: 5.79 Crore [Men: 3,45,132; Women: 2,69,617; Third gender: 143]
Polling booths: 65,616
First time voters: 6,14,892
2011 Results (Party-wise): 50 Political parties had contested in 2011 Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
- To strengthen their chances of winning, DMK has tied up with Congress and the ruling AIADMK may join hands with the BJP.
- AIADMK has launched a website - Supportaiadmk.org, in run upto polls.
- If DMK (that has formed pre-poll alliance with Congress) manages to win, then MK Stalin may emerge as the chief ministerial candidate.
- BJP's chances of getting seats in the southern state looks bleak, if pre-poll surveys are to be believed.