November 18, 2016
Chennai: With just hours left for polling in Thanjavur, Aravakkurichi and Thirupparankundram, the three constituencies have come under a thick security blanket. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in large numbers and special teams have been formed to check malpractices.
Campaigning ended in the three constituencies yesterday.
While there are 2,00,347 voters in Aravakkurichi, there are 2,68,516 in Thanjavur and 2,85,980 in Thiruparankundram. Aravakkurichi has 245 polling stations, while Thanjavur 276 and Thiruparankundram 291.
More than 5,000 personnel have been deployed in the three constituencies for poll related duties and nearly 1,000 micro observers have been appointed.
All arrangements have been made for web-casting and videography. So far, 125 poll related complaints have been filed in the three constituencies and 27 persons arrested.
In Puducherry, a vigorous poll campaign for the lone Nellithope segment ended yesterday. Congress nominee and Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, is contesting the poll. The DMK and VCK have aligned with the Congress.
The other main contender, AINRC-backed AIADMK candidate Om Sakthi Segar, too wound up his campaign yesterday.
Prohibitory orders have been issued in Nellithope constituency, that has 31,366 voters, to ensure smooth polling process.
Meanwhile the Election Commission today informed the voters that inedible ink would be marked only in the right hand in the banks while changing currencies. “The ink will be marked in the left hand during voting,” he said.
AIADMK treasurer and Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam campaigned for his party candidates in the three constituencies highlighting the welfare schemes launched by the AIADMK government. “Tamil Nadu is surging ahead in growth,” he said.