Polling in 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu is underway since 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Election Commission has mentioned that will probably be conducting the polls with due COVID-19 well being protocols similar to checking the temperature of voters.
In Tamil Nadu, which faces a five-cornered battle, the AIADMK-led alliance with Edappadi Ok. Palaniswami as its Chief Ministerial face is looking for a renewed mandate. DMK president M.Ok. Stalin, heading a rainbow alliance, is making a robust pitch to type a authorities with him as Chief Minister for the primary time. There can be T.T.V. Dhinakaran-led AMMK in alliance with DMDK and AIMIM. Tamil nationalist social gathering Naam Tamilar Katchi and new entrant Makkal Needhi Maiam are additionally within the fray.
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Tenkasi district information 26.93 % at 11 a.m.
Sankarankovil 28.09 %, Vasudevanallur 27.96 %, Kadayanallur 20.49 %, Tenkasi 30.31 %, Alangulam 28.54 %.
Tiruppur Collector Dr. Ok. Vijayakarthikeyan denies rumours concerning a malfunctioning EVM at a polling station in Avinashi. “We have verified it thoroughly through our officials and there is no evidence of any such incident,” he mentioned.
A polling scene in Villupuram
Madurai district as of 11 a.m. information 23.70 %.
Tiruvannamalai at 11 a.m information 22.77 %.
The 4 meeting constituencies in Tirupathur information a complete of 27.35 % polling as of 11 a.m.
Dharmapuri district information 20.95% as of 11 a.m.
Vellore district information 23.77 % polling at 11 a.m.
Vasan assured of win for AIADMK-led alliance
Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) chief G.Ok. Vasan forged his vote at Chennai Higher Secondary School, Bheemanna Garden Street, Alwarpet.
Speaking to reporters, he requested the Election Commission to make appropriate preparations to allow senior residents, differently-abled individuals and sufferers vote. Mr. Vasan additionally expressed confidence that the AIADMK led alliance will win the elections.
AIADMK-led alliance will win large in elections: Anbumani
PMK youth wing chief Anbumani Ramadoss exuded confidence that the AIADMK-led alliance will win large within the Assembly elections within the State.
Terming the exit polls, which predicted a victory for the DMK-led alliance, as unsuitable, he felt that they have been solely imposition of opinion below the garb of opinion polls. Mr. Anbumani mentioned that since 2000, many of the exit polls within the State have gone unsuitable.
Congress levels protest in Coimbatore
Congress employees led by candidate Mayura Jayakumar staged a protest on Vysial Street alleging that the Coimbatore South Assembly constituency election officers and district administration officers weren’t performing on complaints that the BJP was distributing cash.
Mr. Jayakumar’s chief election agent Ok. Karuppasamy mentioned Congress cadre had caught pink handed the BJP cadre distributing cash and tokens at a store on Vysial Street.
After seizing the identical, the Congress cadre alerted the officers however no motion was taken. Left with no alternative, the Congress cadre have been pressured to stage protest.
On studying concerning the protest, Mr. Jayakumar additionally joined them, he added.
Tamil Nadu voting share at 11 a.m. is 26.29 %
Chennai voting share at 11 a.m. is 23.69 %
In 16 Assembly constituencies of Chennai District, 24.28% polling is registered.
– Rohit T.Ok.
TN CM casts his vote
Pudukottai district at 11 a.m.
23.5 % polling recorded as much as 11 am in Pudukottai district encompassing six meeting segments
Kallakurichi district at 11 a.m.
Ulundurpet – 23.74 %, Rishivandhiyam – 19.92 %, Sankarapuram – 24.24 %, Kallakurichi – 25.65 %
Kancheepuram district 25 % at 11 a.m.
The Uthiramerur constituency recorded the best at 28%, adopted by Kancheepuram 26%, Alandur 23% and Sriperumbudur 21%.
Tenkasi district information 10.15 % at 9 a.m.
Sankarankovil 7.12 %, Vasudevanallur 7.81 %, Kadayanallur 9.66 %, Tenkasi 13.1 %, Alangulam 13.1 %.
Polling start in a gradual tempo in Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupattur and Tiruvannamalai. From 6.45 a.m., individuals began queueing at polling cubicles in these 4 districts.
The officers ensured COVID-19 protocols have been adopted and all of the voters have been supplied gloves. Temperature was additionally checked for everybody.
While Tiruvannamalai recorded 10.71% at 9 a.m, the 4 Assembly constituencies in Ranipet registered the next polling share: Arakonnam 12%, Sholinghur 4%, Ranipet 15.10% and Arcot 12% .
The Assembly constituencies in Tirupathur district recorded 16.58% and Vellore district recorded 10% as of 9 a.m. – Vivek Narayanan
PMK youth wing chief Anbumani Ramadoss casts his vote at a polling sales space in Tindivanam in Villupuram district.
Police had a tough time on Tuesday controlling the gang that had gathered to catch a glimpse of actor Vijay, who had are available to forged his vote in T.N. Assembly polls. Vijay left on a motorcycle, with the police resorting to lathi cost to carve a manner for him to go away.
An replace from southern Tamil Nadu:
Voting share within the first two hours was reported at lower than 10% within the 10 southern districts, the place voting is on in 58 Assembly constituencies and in a single Lok Sabha constituency in Kanniyakumari.
According to the information launched from the district administration at 10 a.m., Dindigul recorded 8.52% voter turnout, Theni 8.39%, Ramanathapuram 5.50%, Tirunelveli 3.28%, Tenkasi 3.47%, Kanniyakumari 1.8%, Madurai 6.07%, and Thoothukudi 6.8%. Data is but to be launched from Virudhunagar and Sivaganga districts.
The polling, which began at 7 a.m., started on a boring observe in city areas. Voters, together with first time and senior residents, possessed the EPIC (Electors Photo Identity Card) and the sales space slips issued to them by the officers.
Kushboo casts her vote
An replace from western Tamil Nadu:
At the stroke of seven a.m., voters have been seen making a beeline to the polling stations leading to lengthy serpentine queues in lots of components of western Tamil Nadu comprising eight income districts.
In truth, the polling workers have been caught unawares as they have been busy with preparatory work and mock polling. In many polling stations, conservancy employees have been busy cleansing and marking private distancing circles. This resulted in piling up of voters in massive numbers and the gang began melting solely after 9.30 a.m.
At a sales space in Nanjundapuram, the brisk end up triggered a debate among the many sales space brokers on whether or not it was a fall out of anti-incumbency solely to be countered rapidly that voters need to discharge their obligation earlier than the temperature rises.
Kinathukkadavu, Pollachi and Valparai Assembly constituencies witnessed a brisk end up. While there was optimum compliance to COVID-19 norms in city areas by way of private distancing, masks and sanitisers, rural areas nearly noticed nil compliance.
Polling largely incident free in Tiruppur district. The first hour of polling in Tiruppur district didn’t witness any untoward incidents, officers mentioned on Tuesday.
Election Commission has not taken cash distribution complaints critically, says Seeman
NaamTamilar Katchi chief Seeman on Tuesday forged his vote at Vailankanni School, Ashtalakshmi Nagar, Valasaravakkam in Chennai.
Speaking to reporters, he alleged that the Election Commission has not taken the complaints about cash distribution to voters critically.
Mr. Seeman mentioned that he felt voting via Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was a ache, and that the plea to shift to paper poll voting (like in developed nations) has been rejected each by the Election Commission and the courts.
Over 1.72 lakh out of 40.54 lakh electors have voted within the 16 Assembly constituencies of Chennai, says Chennai district election workplace.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu witnessed 13.80% polling till 9 a.m., in line with CEO.
An replace from Central Tamil Nadu:
Brisk polling was witnessed at a number of polling stations in Tiruchi and neighouring districts in central area on Tuesday.
Voters queued up at a number of polling stations early within the morning to keep away from the extreme warmth and crowd. However, voting started on a gradual observe in polling cubicles in Tiruverumbur constituency in Tiruchi district.
While the turnout was common on the cubicles in Malaikovil and Vengur areas, voters have been sparse in quantity at Devarayaneri, which has a settlement of Narikuravas. At Devarayaneri, solely just a little greater than 40 voters had forged their votes till 9.30 a.m. Wheel chairs for elders weren’t out there at Devarayaneri sales space although there was a ramp.
People voting with enthusiasm, says DMK president Stalin
DMK president M.Ok. Stalin on Tuesday forged his vote for the Assembly elections in SIET College in Chennai and mentioned that individuals are voting with enthusiasm and the polling course of is happening peacefully.
Speaking to reporters, he mentioned a better voter turnout implies that the decision is anti-incumbency, in opposition to the ruling AIADMK.
Mr. Stalin alleged that the AIADMK had sought to rescind the polls (in some constituencies) because of concern of shedding elections.
He additionally mentioned it’s for the Election Commission to take motion in opposition to cash distribution.
Mr. Stalin was accompanied by spouse Durga and son Udhayanidhi Stalin.
Brisk polling in Villupuram
Brisk polling was witnessed within the seven Assembly constituencies in Villupuram district on Tuesday.
Long queues of voters might be seen in entrance of polling cubicles in Tindivanam, Villupuram and Mailam.
COVID-19 protocols have been adhered to and officers had marked circles within the polling cubicles to make sure bodily distancing by voters.
Voters had their arms sanitised and have been screened with thermal scanners earlier than getting into the polling cubicles.
PMK founder S. Ramadoss exercised his franchise at a polling sales space at Sri Maragadhambigai High School in Tindivanam at round 7.30 a.m.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Ramadoss claimed that individuals have been proud of the efficiency of the AIADMK authorities and mentioned that good governance ought to proceed within the State.
Replying to a query on opinion polls predicting a landslide victory for the DMK-led entrance within the elections, he mentioned that individuals connected little worth to opinion polls.
“They are not opinion polls but only a compulsory imposition of opinions,” he mentioned.
A complete of 16,85,810 voters are anticipated to forged their votes within the election. Of the entire 2,368 polling stations, as many as 53 and 33 cubicles had been recognized as susceptible and important respectively.
2 women-polling cubicles in Nilgiris
In the Nilgiris, two all women-polling cubicles have been arrange.
The two polling cubicles are at St. Joseph’s College of Education and the Gel Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School in Udhagamdandalam. Both cubicles, in Udhagamandalam constituency, have polling officers, presiding officers and safety personnel who’re ladies. – Rohan Premkumar
First time voters converse…
Mercy Devadarshini, a 22-year-old first time voter mentioned she was excited to forged her vote for the primary time. She could not vote final time as her ID got here in late and therefore was trying ahead to it this time. – Sunitha Sekar
Ninteen-year-old Gautam Ravi, a BTech mechanical engineering scholar, forged his vote for first time on the voting centre in Don Bosco college, Katpadi . He mentioned he and all his mates have been excited. “My friends will opt for NOTA. I have a strong political view and I have cast my vote accordingly,” he mentioned.
His sister Divya Ravi, a medical scholar, additionally got here to the sales space to vote, however her sales space slip was not there. “Last time also I couldn’t vote, this time also there is some confusion,” she mentioned. – Vivek Narayanan
DMK chief Stalin casts his vote
Facilities supplied for senior residents
In polling cubicles in lots of components of Chennai, together with T. Nagar, Teynampet and Egmore, senior residents walked into polling cubicles as early as 6.30 a.m. While in some cubicles voters stood in queues sustaining social distancing, crowds have been reported at many place.
At the polling sales space in Hindi Prachar Sabha, senior residents got masks, gloves and sanitisers and temperature checks have been performed. A number of senior residents got here in wheelchair and mentioned that the services have been snug for them.
– Sangeetha Kandavel, S. Sunitha and Ok. Lakshmi
Polling delayed in components of Chennai metropolis
Polling started late at a number of cubicles in Chennai metropolis. Even after 7 a.m, conservancy employees have been seen cleansing the premises and election officers have been holding preparatory assembly. Many voters who had queued up in lengthy strains grew agitated.
Additionally, many have been made to journey throughout cubicles as they weren’t supplied sales space slips which inform which polling cubicles they need to go to forged their votes. Often, they’d needed to rely on political functionaries at avenue corners for data on polling cubicles.
At SIET College in Teynampet, polling began round 7 a.m. besides in a single sales space the place it was delayed for half hour. A number of polling cubicles in Ambattur have been crowded as early as 7.45 a.m. There was preliminary hiccups in voting course of. The polling course of was delayed by half hour and this led to crowding at Kallikuppam, the place there have been no marks to point how bodily distancing is to be maintained.
The Guru Nanak School in Chennai, which doubled as a voting centre, appeared festive with its entrance embellished with balloons, vazhai maram and shamiyana, and the field of sweets that welcomed every voter. But the voting machine in one of many 4 rooms that was assigned for girls malfunctioned for an hour, delaying the beginning of voting by an hour.
– R. Sivaraman, R. Sujatha, Sangeetha Kandavel, S. Sunitha and Ok. Lakshmi
State’s Minister for Higher Education casts his vote
Chennai queues as much as vote
Voters started to queue up at cubicles from as early as 6.45 a.m. in South Chennai.
People have been designated to hold out temparature checks and provides sanitiser to the voters and disposable gloves have been being given as nicely. Voters on the Chennai High School in Eldams highway who queued up at 7 a.m. have been all seen sporting masks.
Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan forged his vote alongside along with his daughters Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan at Eldams Road. In Thiruvanmiyur, actors Ajith and Shalini forged their votes early within the morning as nicely. Actors Surya and Karthi too exercised their franchise in a polling sales space at T.Nagar. – S. Poorvaja
Many commuters who’re employed in Hosur have been unable to search out buses again to their dwelling city in Tirupathur on election day to forged their votes.
EVM snag delays voting within the sales space at St. Michael’s Primary School, Tharuvaikulam in Ottapidaaram (Reserved) constituency in Thoothukudi district.
No vote has been polled as far as voters ready in lengthy queue on this coastal hamlet.
Former Union Minister P.Chidambaram casts his vote
Brisk polling in Karur
Polling for the Assembly elections has begun on a brisk observe in 4 constituencies in Karur district.
Long queues have been seen in most of cubicles in Kulithalai, Krishnarayapuram and Aravakuruchi. Several voters reached the cubicles even earlier than 7 a.m. All voters have been sanitised earlier than reaching their respective cubicles. Similarly, plastic gloves have been distributed to the voters for shielding themselves from COVID-19 an infection whereas casting vote. – C. Jaisankar
Rajini, Ajith, Surya amongst early voters
People began lining up early within the morning eagerly to forged their votes. Actors Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar have been among the many early voters in Chennai.
Polling begins in Tamil Nadu
Polling in 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu went underway at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
A complete of 3998 candidates together with heavyweights like Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam, DMK President M Ok Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran and Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan are within the fray.
The Election Commission will probably be conducting the polls with due covid-19 well being protocols similar to checking the temperature of voters.
BJP clarifies on posters
With reference to the ballot snippet regarding posters by BJP that appeared on April 5, 2021, BJP has clarified that no such poster was printed by the social gathering terming Tamil Nadu as Dakshina Pradesh.
With regard to the posters and the photographs that went viral on social media, BJP spokesperson Narayanan Thirupathy informed The Hindu that the posters have been positively not printed or pasted by the social gathering and in reality the posters by the social gathering had used the phrase Tamil Nadu.
When requested whether or not anyone else was behind the posters, he replied that it might be political opponents with an ulterior motive to break the ballot prospects of the BJP.
For the primary time, EVMs carried up Neknamalai in a automobile
Forty-year previous Chinnathayi appears to be like astonished as she sees a automobile, carrying the EVM unit, snake up via a dusty grime highway on the rocky Neknamalai hill in Vaniyambadi Taluk. This is the primary time the unit is being carried up the hill utilizing motorised transport.
“All these years, the machines used to be carried on donkeys or using dolis up the hill to Neknamalai village located five kilometers away from the foothills. This time, the dirt road was created by clearing the rocks to give us COVID-19 relief and because ministers visited our village, ” recollects Ms. Chinnathayi, who was strolling to the village with a bag of greens because of lack of transport facility.
Sasikala’s title ‘deleted’ from voters record, says her counsel
The title of V Ok Sasikala, confidante of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, has been ‘removed’ from the voters record and it’s an ‘injustice,’ her authorized counsel mentioned in Chennai on Monday.
She was unhappy about it and authorized motion could be initiated in opposition to the official accountable, he mentioned.