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Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: Full list of 234 constituencies going to polls in single phase tomorrow

The ruling AIADMK, steered by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, is keen to ensure continuation of ”Amma aatchi” (Amma’s rule) for an unprecedented third time

Will it be a hat-trick of wins or a political upheaval in Tamil Nadu?

That’s the question that will be answered with elections to 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu scheduled for 6 April and counting of votes set for 2 May.

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With voters set to render their verdict, respective political blocs headed by the AIADMK, DMK, AMMK and newbie Makkal Needhi Maiam, are billing themselves as the best choice before the electorate.

The ruling AIADMK, steered by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, is keen to ensure the continuation of ”Amma aatchi” (Amma’s rule) for an unprecedented third time while DMK president M K Stalin has invested all his resources to upset his rival’s hopes and reverse the wheel of fortune.

The DMK, ousted in 2011 following a dismal show due to a number of factors including the severe power cuts, put up a more spirited performance five years later, getting elevated as the principal Opposition party.

In the first Assembly election fought in the absence of towering late leaders J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, the BJP is also putting up a good fight, hoping to romp home with the blessings of the Lord Muruga.

As many as 3,998 candidates, including Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan, Naam Tamizhar Katchi leader Seeman and BJP state unit chief L Murugan are in the fray.

Over 6.28 crore eligible voters will choose 234 members of the 3,998 contesting the elections.

 

Here is a list of constituencies that will go to the polls tomorrow:

Constituency NumberConstituency Name
1Gummidipoondi
2Ponneri
3Tiruttani
4Thiruvallur
5Poonamallee
6Avadi
7Maduravoyal
8Ambattur
9Madavaram
10Thiruvottiyur
11Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar
12Perambur
13Kolathur
14Villivakkam
15Thiru. Vi. Ka. Nagar
16Egmore
17Royapuram
18Harbour
19Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni
20Thousand Lights
21Anna Nagar
22Virugambakkam
23Saidapet
24T. Nagar
25Mylapore
26Velachery
27Sholinganallur
28Alandur
29Sriperumbudur
30Pallavaram
31Tambaram
32Chengalpattu
33Thiruporur
34Cheyyur
35Maduranthakam
36Uthiramerur
37Kancheepuram
38Arakkonam
39Sholingur
40Katpadi (Vellore North)
41Ranipet
42Arcot
43Vellore (Vellore south)
44Anaikattu
45K. V. Kuppam
46Gudiyattam
47Vaniyambadi
48Ambur
49Jolarpet
50Tirupattur, Vellore
51Uthangarai
52Bargur
53Krishnagiri
54Veppanahalli
55Hosur
56Thalli
57Palacode
58Pennagaram
59Dharmapuri
60Pappireddippatti
61Harur
62Chengam
63Tiruvannamalai
64Kilpennathur
65Kalasapakkam
66Polur
67Arani
68Cheyyar
69Vandavasi
70Gingee
71Mailam
72Tindivanam
73Vanur
74Villupuram
75Vikravandi
76Tirukkoyilur
77Ulundurpettai
78Rishivandiyam
79Sankarapuram
80Kallakurichi
81Gangavalli
82Attur
83Yercaud
84Omalur
85Mettur
86Edapadi
87Sankagiri
88Salem (West)
89Salem (North)
90Salem (South)
91Veerapandi
92Rasipuram
93Senthamangalam
94Namakkal
95Paramathi Velur
96Tiruchengodu
97Kumarapalayam
98Erode (East)
99Erode (West)
100Modakkurichi
101Perundurai
102Bhavani
103Anthiyur
104Gobichettipalayam
105Bhavanisagar
106Dharapuram
107Kangayam
108Avanashi
109Tiruppur (North)
110Tiruppur (South)
111Palladam
112Udumalaipettai
113Madathukulam
114Udhagamandalam
115Coonoor
116Gudalur
117Mettupalayam
118Sulur
119Kavundampalayam
120Coimbatore North
121Thondamuthur
122Coimbatore (South)
123Singanallur
124Kinathukadavu
125Pollachi
126Valparai (SC)
127Palani
128Oddanchatram
129Athoor
130Nilakottai (SC)
131Natham
132Dindigul
133Vedasandur
134Aravakurichi
135Karur
136Krishnarayapuram (SC)
137Kulithalai
138Manapaarai
139Srirangam
140Tiruchirappalli (West)
141Tiruchirappalli (East)
142Thiruverumbur
143Lalgudi
144Manachanallur
145Musiri
146Thuraiyur (SC)
147Perambalur (SC)
148Kunnam
149Ariyalur
150Jayankondam
151Tittakudi (SC)
152Vriddhachalam
153Neyveli
154Panruti
155Cuddalore
156Kurinjipadi
157Bhuvanagiri
158Chidambaram
159Kattumannarkoil
160Sirkazhi
161Mayiladuthurai
162Poompuhar
163Nagapattinam
164Kilvelur
165Vedaranyam
166Thiruthuraipoondi (SC)
167Mannargudi
168Thiruvarur
169Nannilam
170Thiruvidaimarudur
171Kumbakonam
172Papanasam
173Thiruvaiyaru
174Thanjavur
175Orathanadu
176Pattukkottai
177Peravurani
178Gandharvakottai
179Viralimalai
180Pudukkottai
181Thirumayam
182Alangudi
183Aranthangi
184Karaikudi
185Tiruppattur
186Sivaganga
187Manamadurai (SC)
188Melur
189Madurai East
190Sholavandan (SC)
191Madurai North
192Madurai South
193Madurai Central
194Madurai West
195Thiruparankundram
196Tirumangalam
197Usilampatti
198Andipatti
199Periyakulam (SC)
200Bodinayakanur
201Cumbum
202Rajapalayam
203Srivilliputhur
204Sattur
205Sivakasi
206Virudhunagar
207Aruppukkottai
208Tiruchuli
209Paramakudi (SC)
210Tiruvadanai
211Ramanathapuram
212Mudhukulathur
213Vilathikulam
214Thoothukudi
215Tiruchendur
216Srivaikuntam
217Ottapidaram (SC)
218Kovilpatti
219Sankarankovil (SC)
220Vasudevanallur (SC)
221Kadayanallur
222Tenkasi
223Alangulam
224Tirunelveli
225Ambasamudram
226Palayamkottai
227Nanguneri
228Radhapuram
229Kanniyakumari
230Nagercoil
231Colachal
232Padmanabhapuram
233Vilavancode
234Killiyoor

A virtual non-player in the past elections which it faced on its own, the BJP, in alliance with the AIADMK, this time is harping on several issues including Tamil culture and pride, after taking on those who allegedly denigrated ”kandasashti kavacham”, a hymn sung in praise of Tamil God Murugan (Lord Muruga).

MNM leader, actor Kamal Haasan is making his electoral debut in 2021, seeking his fortunes from Coimbatore South, part of the western region often hailed as AIADMK’s fortress.

Comprising the districts of Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur Salem and Namakkal, among others, the western region has generally stood behind the ruling party, returning a large chunk of MLAs, including Palaniswami from his home turf Edapadi in Salem in the outgoing assembly.

Stalin has demonstrated his keenness to make inroads in these districts and is leaving no stone unturned to achieve the goal. The DMK is also banking on its alliance’s win in all the Lok Sabha seats in the western parts in 2019 to recreate the performance at a more micro level to sweep the assembly segments as well. Its allies include Congress and the Left.

While a number of pre-poll surveys have indicated a DMK win, some a sweep, the AIADMK is not willing to buy them.

Leaders including Palaniswami have dismissed any kind of anti-incumbency of ten years, calling them a creation of the DMK and insist that the party’s pro-people initiatives will take it beyond the finish line comfortably.

AIADMK functionaries insist that the ground reality is different. The party’s assurances like free washing machines, six free cylinders a year and houses will convince even the undecided voter to choose their candidates.

Having faced the 2016 elections on its own, under the late Jayalalithaa, AIADMK has aligned with the BJP and PMK and some other local outfits. The party then won 135 seats.

The alliance is being described as a combination of Leaves, Flower and Fruit, alluding to their respective symbols.

The AIADMK’s symbol is Two Leaves, Lotus being that of the BJP and Mango is the PMK’s election symbol. The ruling side is also confident that its two reservation proposals – the 7.5 percent quota in medical education for government school students clearing NEET and the 10.5 percent internal reservation for the Vanniyar community, whose interests the PMK claims to represent, will also help it.

A PMK leader told PTI that the Vanniyars will rally behind the AIADMK and by no chance would vote for the DMK.

But, the reservation offering seems to have led to some murmurs in the southern parts, another AIADMK bastion, among the other local dominant castes.

The DMK, on the other hand, is counting on its umbrella combine to recreate the 2019 magic, where it won 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats and is riding high on the various surveys giving it the edge.

However, Stalin has cautioned partymen against any complacency. He has trained his guns against the AIADMK, especially for aligning with BJP, which is still finding it hard to get a firm footing in the Dravidian land. However, the BJP has managed to push its own narrative, managing to bring to the fore the issue of faith and the ”Hindu renaissance,” something the rationalist DMK could not ignore.

Faith, generally, has not been an election topic in Tamil Nadu but the controversy surrounding ”Karuppar Koottam”, an atheist group with alleged DMK links accused of denigrating ”kandasashti kavacham”, prompted the BJP to launch a Vel Yatra, combining the issue with Tamil pride.

Party stalwarts – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, among others, did not miss an opportunity to strike the right chord, commencing their rallies with the cry “Vetrivel Veeravel,” dedicated to Lord Muruga, and often intertwining the issue with Tamil pride and culture.

DMK, known for its rationalist ideology, came under such severe attack from the BJP, AIADMK and right-wing groups that Stalin had to clarify his party was not against any particular faith and cited his wife visiting temples and many DMK functionaries sporting vermilion and sacred ash on their forehead. The DMK is also facing backlash over its leader A Raja’s alleged offensive remarks against Palaniswami’s mother, which prompted the EC to bar him from campaigning in the last phase of the election.

This election, after a long time, sees a new player, actor Kamal Haasan, who has jumped into the fray with a centrist agenda, all though he has his critics on either side of the political spectrum.

Many left and Periyarist leaders question his secular credentials while the right-wing claims he is an ardent left sympathiser combined with a Dravidian agenda.

He is fighting the battle from Coimbatore South, from a city that has returned both AIADMK and BJP MPs in the past and his rivals are BJP women’s wing leader Vanathi Srinivasan and Congress’ Mayrua Jayakumar, both local faces.

Actor-director Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi is also in the fray, making it a multi-cornered fight.

With inputs from PTI

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