In Kerala, the incumbent Left-led LDF front is likely to retain power with 88 of 140 seats and the Congress-led UDF will be a distant second with 50 seats, the polls say. If that proves right, it will be the first re-election for an incumbent in Kerala’s see-saw politics. The BJP is set to make its presence felt in the southern state with two seats, the poll of polls says.
In Tamil Nadu, the polls predict a sweep for the opposition DMK and its allies; they are likely to win a staggering 165 of 234 seats, the polls say. The ruling AIADMK — the BJP’s ally – will end up with 66 seats in its first state election since the death of its charismatic leader J Jayalalithaa in 2016, say the exit polls. MK Stalin’s DMK had scored big in the 2019 national election and hopes to return to power this time after two terms in the opposition.