The Bharatiya Janata Party has scripted history and is set to form government for the first time in Assam routing the Congress while Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is returning back to power with an even bigger mandate than it managed in the 2011 elections.
Tamil Nadu is also set to give a historic verdict with J Jayalalithaa-powered AIADMK retaining power defying most of the exit polls.
Kerala has continued to alternate between the rival alliances with the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by V S Achutanandan in the driver’s seat and the United Democratic Front (UDF) staring at five years out of power. In Puducherry the Congress-DMK alliance is slightly ahead of N Rangaswamy’s AINRC. On expected lines, the Trinamool was sweeping all across West Bengal as officials counted the millions of votes polled in the staggered assembly elections. Its candidates led in 199 of the 289 places where trends were available two hours after the vote count began at 8 am.
The Left and the Congress were at a distant second spot, leading in 37 and 41 constituencies respectively. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 12 places. The West Bengal legislature has 294 members.
In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK proved exit polls wrong as it appeared on the course to retaining power. Its candidates led in 132 constituencies, with the DMK-Congress alliance in the lead in 69.
The PMK was ahead in four places. The Tamil Nadu assembly has 234 seats. Unlike in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, the governments were set to change in Assam and Kerala.
The BJP was on the road to victory in Assam for the first time. Its alliance candidates led in 65 constituencies, followed by the Congress in 28 seats. The AIUDF led in 17 places. Assam has a 126-member legislature.
As widely expected, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) was set to dethrone the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).
BUT SIDDU SAYS CONGRESS WILL BOUNCE BACK…
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday said that Congress will bounce back to power. Reacting to the assembly election results at his house, the CM said that there was no BJP wave in India. “People of Assam wanted a change and they chose BJP. There is no BJP wave at all. In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is always regional parties and there is no doubt about that’ he said. Sid¬daramaiah further said: “The BJP’s dream of making Congress Mukth Bharath will remain a dream:’