Polling begins in TN amid tight security

Polling for the elections to 38 Lok Sabha seats and by-polls for 18 Assembly constituencies started this morning in Tamil Nadu amid tight security.

The Parliament elections in the state are the first ever after the demise of Dravidian stalwarts J Jayalalithaa of AIADMK and M Karunanidhi of the DMK.

Allegations of use of money flew thick and fast in the
run up to the polls with the Election authorities seizing over Rs 127 crore cash and gold and other precious metals with a
total value of Rs 284 crore in various parts of the state.

The AIADMK in its campaign has pitched for a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while the DMK wanted to make Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister.

An estimated 5.99 crore electorate, 3.02 crore women and 2.95 crore men, are expected excerise their franchise to decide the fate of 822 candidates, including 63 women, in fray for the Lok Sabha seats and 269 candidates, including 27 women, for the 18 Assembly seats.

As per reports, 1.4 lakh police personnel have been deployed across the State. The State has 1.6 lakh policemen of which 90, 000 are on election duty along with 160 companies of Central Paramilitary forces.

In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK, contesting in 20 of 39 Lok Sabha seats, is leading the NDA. The alliance comprises among others the BJP (5 seats), PMK (7) DMDK (4) and the Tamil Maanila Congress (1) of former union minister G K Vasan. On its part, DMK, which is also fighting 20 Lok Sabha seats, has formed a ‘Secular Progressive Alliance’.