Karunanidhi hints at coalition government in Tamil Nadu

April 13th, 2011 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Chennai, Apr 13 (ANI): Expressing confidence about his party winning the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi hinted at the possibility of the state having a coalition government.

Talking to reporters here after casting his vote, Karunanidhi said: “Our prospects are as bright as the Rising Sun (DMK’s symbol) and we will win as many seats as we require to form government.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister and Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin also sounded confident of a DMK sweep claiming that its front would win around 200 seats on the basis of the government’s overall performance.

“For the past five years period we have fulfilled our election manifesto for the people of Tamil Nadu. People would like to choose Karunanidhi as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. I expect that we will get 200 out of 220 seats and DMK led alliance will win the polls,” he added.

Meanwhile, polling is underway in 234 assembly constituencies. A total of 2,748 candidates, including 141 women, are in the fray to elect the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly.

The electorate would be deciding whether incumbent Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi would be given the chance to become the state head for a record sixth time and also enter the precincts of the assembly as its member for a record 12th time.

The others whose fate would be decided today include Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin (Kolathur constituency), actor-turned-politician and founder of DMDK A. Vijayakant (Rishivandiyam), PMK president G.K. Mani (Mettur), actor-turned-politician and founder of SMK R. Sarathkumar (Tenkasi), and Tamil Nadu Congress chief K.V. Thangkabalu (Mylapore).

Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polls.

Beside state police, 240 companies of central paramilitary forces are being deployed across the state for the polls.

All sensitive polling booths have been placed under live camera surveillance and electronic voting machines were placed on Tuesday. (ANI)

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