The fourteenth legislative assembly election was held on 13 April 2011 to elect members from 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Results were released on 13 May 2011.
Two major parties Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) faced the election as coalitions of multiple parties with the DMK front consisting of 8 parties and the AIADMK of 11 parties.
Vijayakanth’s Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) was allied with AIADMK coalition. The election recorded the highest polling ever in the state – 77.8% of the total electorate voted in the election surpassing 76.57% polled in 1967 election.
AIADMK front won the election, winning over 200 constituencies, with the AIADMK party itself securing a simple majority in assembly.
DMDK won more seats than DMK so it can become an official opposition party, if DMDK leader Vijaykanth chooses to. The election sets the stage for the swearing-in of J. Jayalalitha for the third time as the Chief minister of Tamil Nadu.