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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2903

TN registers record 65 per cent vote. Exit polls bring smile

[b]TN registers record 65 per cent vote. Exit polls bring smile to Karunanidhi[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 09 May ([/b] Political pundits and crystal gazers are back in demand in Tamil Nadu as the exit polls after a record 65 per cent turn out in the epic ballot battle speak of a clean sweep for Muthavel Karunanidhi in what is essentially his last electoral foray.

On a day marked by sweltering heat and forecasts of a cliff hanger verdict, the Tamil voters baffled observers home grown and foreign alike by turning up in strength at the ballot booths to elect 234 law makers. The Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta said the turnout at 65 per cent was the highest since 1991. Madurai and Erode districts recorded 72 to 73 per cent, while Theni district, (Amma Jayalalithaa was seeking election from this district's Andipatti constituency) recorded the lowest 57 per cent.

Already celebration mood has set in the DMK camp with Karunanidhi displaying magnanimity towards his estranged friend Vaiko of MDMK.

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