Brisk polling in Vellore amid tight security

After two weeks of being bombarded by high-decibel campaigns of the ruling AIADMK and rival DMK, Vellore’s voters started exercising their franchise this morning, as polling for the Lok Sabha election began today.

According to sources, brisk polling is being witnessed and huge number of security personnel are in place. It may be recalled that the election was rescinded in April based on the recommendation of the Election Commission following a report on the use of money power to influence voters.

The polls would show whether the anti-Modi wave in Tamil Nadu that bucked the national trend will repeat yet again or the AIADMK would get a chance to display its political prowess in this constituency.

North Zone IG P Nagarajan and Vellore Range DIG N Kamini are overseeing the security arrangements in the constituency. Apart from Vellore district SP Pravesh Kumar, two SPs-MR Sibi Chakaravarthy (Tiruvannamalai) and S Jayakumar (Villupuram)-have been drafted for polling day bandobust.

On Sunday, a CCTV camera, 11 computers, a photocopy and printing machine and a scanner went missing from a polling booth in Gudiyatham. In Christianpet near Katpadi, a static surveillance team, deployed to curb poll code violations, seized ₹11 lakh while the amount was being transported in a car.

Both the DMK and AIADMK have repeated their candidates – Kadhir Anand and A C Shanmugham – and the constituency will face a direct contest between the Rising Sun and Two Leaves symbol.

The police have thrown a security blanket around the polling stations located at 75 vulnerable locations, with four CAPF men and a special sub-inspector coordinating the security arrangements. One police officer and 4 constables will be manning the 200-meter periphery around the polling stations.