New Delhi:  Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday conquered the final frontier by tormenting the 34-year stranglehold of CPI (M) on West Bengal, whereas Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK registered a thumping victory in Tamil Nadu to knock out DMK out of power.

By winning 78 assembly seats out of the 126 in Assam, Congress scored a spectacular hat-trick in the state. It was a close call in Kerala, as Congress-led UDF registered a victory in the state by a wafer thin margin.

Assembly Election result : West Bengal  |  Kerala  |  Assam  |  Tamil Nadu  | Puducherry

However, Congress had to face a humiliating situation at Puducherry as rebel, N Rangaswamy scripted party’s defeat in the state. Barely few months before the state assembly elections, Rangaswamy left Congress and clubbed hands with AIADMK.

West Bengal: Landslide win for Trinamool 

Riding a wave of change in a state where Left ideology ruled the roost for over three decades, Banerjee along with allies Congress and SUCI gave a severe drubbing to the Left Front.

The Banerjee-led alliance captured three-fourth majority by winning 227 seats in the 294 seat assembly. Banerjee, Railway Minister at the Centre, did not contest the elections. Trinamool Congress won 184 seats, while Congress bagged 42. The other ally SUCI got one. On the rival side, the CPI(M), which headed the Left Front, has won 40 seats.

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Singur and Nandigram uprisings went in favour of Trinamool Congress, as the party posed a comfortable win in the state. Before the uprising Singur under Hooghly district was a stronghold of CPI (M). It was a similar situation at Nandigram, as the ruling party remained in a dominant position in the region for more than three decades. However, the controversy stirred up by the land acquisition and subsequent violence at Singur and Nandigram turned the tides against CPI (M).

The CPI(M) suffered humiliation when a number of its bigwigs, including Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, bit the dust. Shortly after defeat, Bhattacharjee resigned. With defeats in West Bengal and Kerala, the Left will have power only in Tripura.

Tamil Nadu: Its AIADMK all the way

Tamil Nadu lived up to its 'winner takes all' reputation as Jayalalithaa swept back to power with a landslide victory with her alliance winning 203 seats of the state in the 234-member assembly. The pre-poll claims of Chief Minister Karunanidhi proved a damp squib as DMK alliance was reduced to mere 31 seats. DMK suffered a major seat back as it could only win 23 assembly seats, and it major ally Congress emerged victorious in only five seats.

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Riding the plank of DMK's alleged corruption in the form of 2G spectrum scam and perceived resentment over the 'family rule' of Chief Minister Karunanidhi, AIADMK on its own won 150 seats. The arrest of former Telecom Minister A Raja, and the naming of family members of Karunanidhi in the 2G Specturm case turned out to be the major cause behind party’s humiliating defeat in the assembly elections. Simultaneously, the anti-incumbency factor too went against the ruling party.

By winning 33 assembly seats, DMDK fared better than Karunanidhi’s party.

State Congress President K V Thangkabalu, who made a dramatic entry into the contest after the alleged bungling over his wife's candidature, lost the Mylapore seat by nearly 30,000 votes.

Assam: Congress scores a hattrick

Assam provided a surprisingly huge victory when the party returned to power for the third time. Congress vastly improved on its performance of 2006 when it had got 53 seats in the 126-member assembly by bagging 78 seats on Friday.

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The main opposition party AGP was reduced to a rubble when it won only 10 seats. It had 24 seats in the earlier assembly.

Kerala: Congress led UDF wins by slender margin

The defeat of the Left in Kerala was not as resounding as in West Bengal when the Left Democratic Front was neck and neck in the race for power and ultimately yielded by a slender margin to the Congress-led UDF.
    
The UDF won 72 seats, two more than the half way mark in the 140 member assembly. The LDF won 68 seats.

Ageing Marxist veteran V S Achuthanandan's singlehanded campaign against corruption appears to have played a leading role in curbing the UDF's tally.

The 87-year-old Chief Minister helped CPI (M) emerge as the single largest party with 45 seats against Congress' 38.

Puducherry: Congress suffers humiliation from party rebel

Puducherry broke the Congress' hold on power when it voted an alliance of N Rangasamy Congress and AIADMK which got two-thirds majority in the 30-member assembly of the Union Territory.
    
The NR Congress, headed by former Chief Minister N Rangasamy who left Congress a few months ago, bagged 15 seats while ally AIADMK won five seats.

The ruling Congress was reduced to seven seats, while ally DMK won two. A lone Independent was successful.

(JPN/Agencies)