If the results on May 2 match the exit poll numbers then M.K. Stalin would be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, bringing curtains down on 10 years of AIADMK rule.
Sasikala Natarajan, the aide of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on Wednesday announced that she was quitting politics.
Sasikala’s opting out will remove the main stumbling block before the ruling AIADMK and Dhinakaran’s AMMK coming together for the April 6 elections.
Clad in a dark green saree the 66-year-old Sasikala sat in the front seat of the car which sported an AIADMK flag on the bonnet.
She would start at 9 am on February 7 from Bengaluru and reach 'T Nagar residence' in Chennai by road.
VK Sasikala was released from the Parappana Agrahara Prison in Bengaluru on January 27 after she completed her four -year jail term in a corruption case.
To take on the DMK, the two factions could come together, say AIADMK leaders.
The overnight raids in Tamil Nadu's Theni district concluded on Wednesday early morning after Income Tax department seized Rs 1.48 crore in cash.
The court has also asked Dhinakaran to appear before it on December 4
The 18 disqualified legislators are supporters of the sidelined AIADMK leader Dhinakaran, who was now an independent legislator.
The Madras High Court last week upheld the disqualification of 18 ruling party MLAs, loyal to AMMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, and cleared the decks for the bypolls in the constituencies.
The decision of appealing to the Supreme Court was taken after a discussion between the disqualified legislators and Dhinakaran in Madurai.
The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld the disqualification of the 18 AIADMK MLAs that happened more than a year ago.
Supporters of Dhinakaran who were present at the spot claimed that Parimalam had come with an intention to "hurl petrol bomb" at Dhinakaran's house and it exploded accidentally in the car itself.
The matter has now been referred to a third judge.
The pressure cooker symbol came to be identified with TTV and is so deeply ingrained in the minds of the Tamil voters, Dhinakaran might actually find it difficult to replace it at a future date.
Earlier in the day, Dhinakaran launched his party, 'Amma Makkal Munetra Kazhagam', amid much fanfare, in Melur.
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