Stage set for polling in TN: 5.99 cr voters to decide fate of 269 candidates

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, in the polling to be held on Thursday.

Over 480 flying squads and 232 static surveillance teams have been formed to monitor the enforcement of the model code of conduct in view of the April 18 Lok Sabha polls in the state.

As per reports, 1.4 lakh police personnel will be deployed across the State from today evening. The State has 1.6 lakh policemen of which 90, 000 will be on election duty along with 160 companies of Central Paramilitary forces.

Policemen also helped in carrying the voting machines to the centres to guarding the centres and giving security to certain campaigns and candidates. In the last few days up to the polling day only the Inspector and the Writer will be at the station everyone else will be spread out across the city.’

In order to ensure no malpractice takes place, the city police have undergone a rejig, another police said, “All those in the north are currently posted in the north and vice versa. The policemen will be tied up with election work until the counting concludes.”

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’ comprising the Congress (nine seats) and the Left parties, among others. The electoral battle in the state is largely among the two fronts led by the Dravidian majors and the AMMK led by TTV Dhinakaran, an AIADMK rival, though parties such as the fledgling Makkal Needhi Maiam of actor-politician Kamal Hassan.