Voting has ended in Tamil Nadu and Kerala states where BJP is trying to a gain a foothold. Polls were also held in the Pondicherry. More than 80 million voters eligible to cast ballots in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Regional parties were dominated in Tamil Nadu, while Communists are trying comeback in Kerala. Polls have already been held in West Bengal and Assam in this April and May. All the votes will be counted on Thursday. Shortly before polls closed turnout was put at 69 % in Tamil Nadu while Kerala recorded 70 %.

Elections were held in 30 seats in Pondicherry where Chief Minister N Rangaswamy embrace breakaway Congress party workers, is seeking re-election. In Tamil Nadu State polling was held in 232 seats, the BJP is seen as having little chance against the regional Parties AIADMK and DMK who are locked in a vicious contest. The DMK is trying to grab power from the rival AIADMK party. The BJP is trying to secure a toehold in Kerala which has been ruled by either Congress led governments or a  bloc of left-wing parties. Last week Prime Minister Narendra Modi comparison of Kerala with Somalia on infant mortality rates angered politicians and social media users.

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