Tamil Nadu marks the southernmost boundary of India and is spread across 511 sq kms. It’s India’s 11th largest state and seventh largest in terms of population.
Tamil Nadu has already seen 13 assembly elections and the state politics has always revolved around few prominent personalities. Congress was a powerful force in the state till the mid 1960s. But anti-Hindu protests and mass agitations soon made DMK the popular choice and in 1967 DMK’s Annadurai became the Chief Minister. After Annadurai’s death in 1969, M Karunanidhi became the C M. 1972 saw one of the biggest political forces to emerge from Tamil Nadu, M G Ramachandran. M G broke from DMK and floated his own party ADMK, which was later renamed as AIADMK. MG was the CM of the state from 1977 to 1987, the year he died. J Jayalalithaa was later elected as General Secretary of AIADMK. Since then, it has been a clear war between DMK and AIADMK, or Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa, with voters choosing either of the two in subsequent elections.
Over the past decade, some smaller parties have found favour with the voters. Vijayakanth’s DMDK, Vaiko’s MDMK and Ramdoss’s PMK along with Congress, all have the capability to become the king makers, in case a clear majority is not achieved by DMK and AIADMK.
Some facts on Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls 2011:
|State||Districts||Total Constituencies||Electoral Rolls||Polling Stations|
|Tamil Nadu||30||234 (44 for SC and 2 for ST)||4,59,50,620||54,016|
Tamil Nadu Polls 2011 Schedule:
Tamil Nadu Elections 2011 will be held in one phase only. Election is scheduled on 13th April 2011. The counting of votes will be done on 13th May (Friday).
|1st Phase Dates|
|Date of issue of Notification||19.3.2011 (Saturday)|
|Last Date for Nominations||26.3.2011 (Saturday)|
|Date for Scrutiny||28.3.2011 (Monday)|
|Last Candidature Withdrawl Date||30.3.2011 (Wednesday)|
|Date of Polls||13.4.2011 (Wednesday)|
|Date before which election will be completed||16.5.2011 (Monday)|
Tamil Nadu Election Results:
General Elections 2009:
In the 2009 General Elections, DMK won 18 seats as compared to just 9 by AIADMK. Congress made its presence felt by winning 8 seats.
Assembly Results for TN in 2006:
Karunanidhi’s DMK made strategic alliances with Congress and PMK for the 2006 assembly polls. As a result, though DMK polled less voteshare than AIADMK, it won more seats. With a 26.4% voteshare, DMK won 96 seats, while a 32.52% voteshare gave AIADMK just 61 seats.
|Political Party||No. of Seats||Constituents|
|DMK+||163||DMK-96, INC-34, PMK-18,CPM-9,CPI-6|
Detailed coverage of Tamil Nadu Parliamentary results after DMK entery is here.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Constituencies for 2011 Polls
There would be a total of 234 Vidhansabha seats from 30 districts of Tamil Nadu going to polls for Tamil Nadu elections 2011.