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E Palaniswami tenders resignation as CM of Tamil Nadu

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Chennai, May 03: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami tenders his resignation following the defeat of AIADMK in the state assembly elections.

Ending its decade long stint in the opposition, even relegated to the third spot in the House in 2011, the M K Stalin-led party made a spirited comeback to the ruling saddle to unseat its rival AIADMK.

Edappadi K Palaniswami

The DMK has won 127 seats, and is likely to win six seats from where it is leading, according to trends. When the segments won by DMK's partners including Congress are added, it worked out to 153 seats out of the total 234.

Garnering two-thirds of the 234 seats, the 68-year old Stalin, through his sustained campaign has yet again ushered in a victory similar to that of the 2019 Parliamentary election win.

In the LS polls, the DMK and its allies bagged as many as 38 out of the total 39 seats and the DMK chief continued the winning streak when his party emerged with a distinctive edge over the AIADMK in rural civic polls towards the end of 2019.

The DMK''s 133 seats -including won and leading- include constituencies of allies like MDMK who fought on the ''Rising Sun'' symbol of the Stalin steered party. The DMK''s allies, Congress has won 18, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi four and the two Left parties two seats each.

Though the DMK could not capture power in 2016, Stalin continued to relentlessly take the fight against the AIADMK ahead both in the State Assembly and outside, holding a slew of protests over the years on several issues.

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