Tamil Nadu and Kerala go to polls on Monday bringing the end to month-and-a-half long election process to end.
Monday’s elections will decide the fate of two incumbent chief ministers, Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu and Oommen Chandy in Kerala.
Puducherry also goes to the polls tomorrow.
Counting of votes in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will begin on 19 May along with other states, namely West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry.
Besides AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and 91-year-old wheelchair-bound Karunanidhi, the poll arena in Tamil Nadu also has two other chief ministerial candidates–actor-turned politician Vijayakant of DMDK-PWF-TMC combine and PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss.
PTI reported that a total of 3,740 aspirants will be in the fray for the 233 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.
Election authorities have seized more than Rs 500 crore unaccounted cash in the state, the largest among the five states involved in the Assembly polls.
Tamil Nadu is known to generally elect one clear winner from the two Dravidian giants, DMK and AIADMK, since 1967.
In Kerala, the direct contest is usually between the two alliances, Congress-led UDF and CPIM-led LDF. Opinion polls have given edge to the LDF, which is seeking to dislodge the Oommen Chandy government.