A very impressive 78 % people came out to vote for the Assembly elections in three states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry.
Assam went to polls on April 4th and April 11th and saw almost 70% voting in both phases. Three states Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu went to polls today. West Bengal is next with phase 1 on April 18th. results for all five states will be declared on May 13th.
Today, Tamil Nadu and Kerala saw 75.21 per cent and 74.4 per cent respectively. Pondicherry saw voting as high as 85.21 per cent. 8,835 voters from outside India were also allowed to cast their votes today. Though polling across the states was peaceful, a 58 year old man died in a stampede in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
Today’s voting has now sealed the fate of three big leaders, Karunanidhi, V S Achuthanandan and J Jayalalitha. DMK is on a sticky ground, especially after his party members involvement in 2G scam was found. He is assured to lose ground in urban areas where percentage of literate voters is more. In rural areas, he may still manage to move ahead owing to his freebie offers. In Kerala, V S Achuthanandan may benefit from Rahul’s remark on his age. Also, while campaigning for Congress led UDF, Sonia Gandhi blindly read that people should go ahead and vote for LDF! This should help LDF, as BJP leader Sushma Swaraj pointed out that Sonia still reads from prepared speeches without using her mind.