Karunanidhi out, Jayalalithaa in
As the final phase of polling concluded in West Bengal on Tuesday, all eyes are now on May 13 when the fate of five chief ministers and their opponents are decided.
Exit polls, conducted by CVB News-C-Voter, suggest that Tamil Nadu is set to have a new chief minister in the form of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief J Jayalalithaa.
The polls indicate that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and its allies will lose a mammoth six per cent of its vote share (as compared to the last assembly election) while the AIADMK and its allies stands stands to gain over four per cent of the vote share this year.
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Coverage: Assembly Polls 2011
Did corruption cases rock DMK chances?
The DMK and its allies are expected to garner between 54-62 seats.
Surely, the corruption scandals that the DMK party is facing took its toll on the party's prospects in the election.
Close finish in Assam
While the Congress is expected to garner between 41 to 45 seats in the 126-members assembly.
But the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is poised to get between 14 to 18 seats, and the Assam Gana Parishad (31-35 seats) could spoil the Congress's chances of coming back to power if the two decide to go in for a post poll alliance.
AUDF may play kingmaker
The trends indicate that the Congress and more importantly the AUDF will improve their vote share as compared to the last assembly election while the vote share of the rest could see a downward trend.
Left fortress falls in West Bengal
The poll, carried out on 22.4 lakh randomly selected voters across the four states, indicates a clean sweep for the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.
The result could be major upset for the Left Front, which was seeking to come to power for the eight successive time.
Mamata's party is expected to notch up anywhere between 184 to 192 seats in the 294-member while the Left is expected to win only in 48 to 56 seats.
Mamata's home run in West Bengal
The Congress is poised to win in 39 to 47 seats.
Overall, the Trinamool-Congress tie-up looks set to storm to power in the state assembly with the exit poll indicating a mammoth 10 per cent increase in vote share.
Could this be the change West Bengal was looking for? Only time will tell.
UDF is back in Kerala
The Left story looks tragic in its other bastion, Kerala as well.
Exit polls indicate that the ruling party will be able to notch up only about 49 to 57 seats in the 140-member assembly while the United Democratic Front is expected to garner around 83 to 91 seats.
Even Achuthanandan couldn't save LDF this time
The tragic performance of the Left Democratic Front government is reflected in the four per cent decline in vote share in the state.
The UDF, meanwhile, is riding high on a nine per cent vote swing, the teamcvoter exit poll indicates.
Even VS Achuthanandan's charisma couldn't save the Left from being thrown off power.