TN Assembly elections: Brisk polling across TN
As the clock struck seven, voting began for assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. People in large numbers are already waiting in the long queues at most of the polling booths.
The polls today will decide the fate of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, DMK president M Karunanidhi, DMDK president Vijayakanth and others. Barring Aravakurichi and Thanjavur, polling commenced in 232 constituencies across the State at 7 a.m. on Monday, in which over 5.7 crore people are expected to vote.
Over 300 companies of paramilitary personnel are involved in election duty. The polling will continue till 6 p.m. today. More than a lakh police and paramilitary personnel would man over 65,000 polling booths across the state, which is witnessing a multi-cornered contest also featuring BJP, seeking to make a mark along with a few minor allies.
Jayalalithaa, seeking a record second successive term in office, and Karunanidhi, eyeing to lead DMK to power after back-to-back drubbings in the 2011 assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, are contesting from R K Nagar in the city and Thiruvarur respectively.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president E.V.K.S. Elangovan arrived to exercise his franchise in Erode and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram cast his vote at his native village in Kandanur in Karaikudi constituency.
A total of 3,740 aspirants are in the fray for the 233 assembly seats. Election authorities have seized more than Rs 100 crore unaccounted cash in the state, the largest among the five states involved in the Assembly polls.