The run-up to the elections saw no visible anti-incumbency wave, and the pre-poll surveys and exit polls had predicted a close fight between the two major Dravidian parties, though some had given a slight edge to the AIADMK.
Spiralling prices, power cut, corruption, especially the 2G spectrum scam, and the DMK first family's "domination" in every sphere seemed to have cost the DMK dearly, giving a rude shock to the ruling party and leading to the landslide victory for Jayalalitha’s AIADMK.
DMK promised to provide free grinders, and AIADMK amongst other freebies promised to provide a laptop for senior school students and engineering students and a grinder and a mixer.
· Actor Vijayakanth’s party DMDK becomes the major opposition party in the assembly defeating DMK (23 seats) with winning second largest seats of 29 after AIADMK which won 146 seats.
· Vaiko’s party MDMK, which boycotted the assembly polls after failing to clinch a seat sharing deal with Jaya’s party AIADMK, on Friday hailed the defeat of DMK with Vaiko saying democracy "has triumphed over money power". "Though my party has not been able to participate in the polls, it has been conducting a series of campaigns against the DMK," he said.
· Thol.Thirumavalavan of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) which is part of DMK alliance have lost in all 10 electorates.