Battleground Tamil Nadu records over 73% voting

RSTV Bureau
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa along with her close aide Sasikala Natarajan leaves poling booth after casting their votes during the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, in Chennai on Monday. PTI Photo

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa along with her close aide Sasikala Natarajan leaves poling booth after casting their votes during the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, in Chennai on Monday. PTI Photo

On Monday, 232 constituencies of Tamil Nadu decided the fate of over 3700 candidates including chief minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

Polling, which began 7 am in the state continued until 6 pm. The state recorded over 73 % voting.

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a multi-cornered contest after a very long time as the state saw heavy campaigning from AIADMK, DMK, PMK and DMDK-led People’s Welfare Front.

Jayalalithaa is fighting from RK Nagar constituency and Karunanidhi from Thiruvarur.

Both AIADMK and DMK chiefs have appealed to the voters to come out in large numbers to vote.

Jayalalithaa, described voting as an “excellent opportunity” for every citizen to uphold their right.

“Safeguarding democracy is a pious activity we do for ourselves and our generations,” said AIADMK chief said in a statement on Sunday evening.

Without naming anybody, she said that the efforts of an “evil force” should be crushed by the people.

Karunanidhi said that it was the time to “act carefully” in deciding the future of Tamil Nadu.

“We have the duty of safeguarding democracy and people. Voting is the duty and right of every citizen,” he said.

Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK Supremo Karunanidhi after casting his vote during Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in Chennai on Monday. PTI Photo

Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK Supremo Karunanidhi after casting his vote during Tamil Nadu Assembly polls in Chennai on Monday. PTI Photo

Meanwhile, a total of 1,11,958 police personnel, including 21,780 para military personnel were involved in the election duty.

Over 5 crore people were expected to cast their vote across 65,616 polling stations to elect 232 law makers.

The Election Commission has deferred the polls for 2 constituencies in the state after complaints of voters being bribed came to light. The Assembly seats of Aravakurichi and Thanjavur will poll on May 23 and the results for these two constituencies will be declared on May 25.

On Sunday, the EC asked DMK to stop political propaganda and campaign in the social media and sought an explanation from party president M Karunanidhi as to why action should not be taken against him for “violating” its code of conduct.

The action came on a complaint from the AIADMK IT Wing in this regard.

However, the EC has also issued a show cause notice to AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa saying that its election manifestos does not “substantially” fulfil its guidelines.

Of late, huge amounts of unaccounted money of over Rs 100 crore has been seized in the state since the model code of conduct came into effect on March 4.

(With reports from PTI)