The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) crossed the halfway mark in the 30-seat Puducherry Assembly on Sunday, 2 May, by winning 16 seats, and looks all set to form the government.
Meanwhile, the Congress-DMK-led alliance fell behind with nine seats.
Under NDA, while the All India NR Congress won 10 seats, the BJP won six. The AIADMK, which is also part of the alliance, drew a blank.
The DMK and the Congress, on the other hand, won six and two seats respectively, with one going to an Independent supporting the alliance, and the remaining five going to Others.
DMK CANDIDATE WINS IN OUPALAM
In the Oupalam constituency, DMK’s Annibal Kennedy won by 4,780 votes over AIADMK’s A Anbalagan.
BJP WINS MANNADIPET
BJP candidate A Namassivayam won the Mannadipet constituency over DMK’s A Krishnan by a margin of 2,750 votes.
AINRC’s RANGASAMY LOSES
Meanwhile, in Yanam, Independent candidate Gollapalli Srinivas Ashok scored a narrow victory over AINRC’s N Rangasamy by a margin of 655 votes.
WHAT EXIT POLLS HAD PROJECTED
Three exit polls had projected the NDA to form the government in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Polling was held across 30 seats in Puducherry in a single phase on 6 April, along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala.