Chennai: After five years in the wilderness, AIADMK's star and former chief minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa stormed to power Friday for a third time in Tamil Nadu, crushing a corruption-hit DMK. In a sweep that few pundits had anticipated, the AIADMK-led alliance was on the victory lap in 196 of the state's 234 constituencies. A stunned DMK and its allies were set to get only 36 seats. Although DMK leader and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his son and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin would win, most ministers in Tamil Nadu were facing defeat, election officials said.
Image: AIADMK party workers celebrating near Jayalalithaas residence in Chennai on Friday. Jaya is poised for the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as her party is heading for a thumping win in the assembly elections.