In Assam, the ruling Congress appears to be emerging as the single largest party in contention for a third successive term, while in Puducherry also it looks headed for a third term.
In the 294-seat assembly in West Bengal, the 34-year-old regime of the Left front is set to crumble with Mamata Banerjee )-led Trinamool Congress ahead in 172 seats. The Left Front is leading in 67 seats.
Former Lok Sabha speaker and expelled Marxist leader Somnath Chatterjee Friday said the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) should start introspecting from “top to bottom” on why the Left Front government was being decimated in West Bengal.
“It seems that people have opted for them (Trinamool). I must congratulate their leader (Mamata Banerjee),” Chatterjee told Times Now.
Analysts say Mamata’s victory could give her a louder voice when the government considers raising fuel prices or cutting down on subsidies — measures that are key to keeping the fiscal deficit at the targeted 4.6 percent of GDP in 2011/12, when slowing economic growth may see a sluggish tax intake.
In Tamil Nadu, the DMK appears to be on the way out of power with J Jayalalitha-led AIADMK alliance ahead in 159 of the 234 seats. The DMK-Congress alliance was ahead only in 44.
Most of the ministers including DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan were trailing.
AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa and DMK patriarch M Karunandhi were ahead in Srirangam and Tiruvarur respectively.
Kerala has witnessed an interesting duel between the ruling Left Democratic Front led by CPI(M) and the Congress-led United Democratic Front. The UDF is ahead in 73 seats in the 140-member assembly. The LDF was leading in 65.
In Assam, Congress was ahead in 50 seats, BJP and AGP leading in seven seats each and Bodoland Peoples Front leading in five seats.
In the 30-member assembly in Puducherry, DMK-led alliance was ahead in 10 seats while AIADMK was leading in five.