Polling ends on a peaceful note in southern districts
Absence of wheelchairs, lack of COVID-19 protocol adherence had been reported at some locations
The 12-hour-long polling for 58 Assembly constituencies in southern Tamil Nadu and Lok Sabha by-poll for Kanniyakumari constituency ended on a largely peaceful note amidst resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances on Tuesday.
The 10 districts – Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Thoothukudi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari – recorded a mixed ballot proportion of round 65, which can go as much as 70.
Except for minor glitches reported in the EVMs at some polling stations in Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Tenkasi and Virudhunagar, polling largely went on easily.
While Deputy Chief Minister and AIADMK candidate for Bodi constituency O. Panneerselvam solid his vote in Periyakulam, former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram exercised his franchise in Kandanoor in Sivaganga district and former Union Minister M.K. Alagiri solid his vote at a polling station in Madurai. Several State Ministers solid their votes in their respective residence cities.
Absence of wheelchairs at a number of polling stations irked sections of voters. Differently abled individuals and senior residents suffered in the sweltering warmth. They had been both carried in plastic chairs or bodily lifted contained in the stations by their kinfolk and police personnel.
Numerous voters had uncared for appeals from the federal government and officers to put on face masks and preserve bodily distancing at polling stations.
There had been no vital legislation and order issues in the southern districts. A senior police officer stated aside from Tamil Nadu Police, a giant contingent of Central forces, deployed at susceptible and demanding polling stations, ensured peaceful polling. Even in Dalit-dominated Pappapatti panchayat in Madurai district, the place elections couldn’t be held in the previous, there have been no points this time, he added.
Fishermen in Rameswaram had threatened to hoist black flags as a mark of protest towards the Centre for not giving ample compensation to their broken boats. However, following Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s assurance that their downside can be addressed, they dropped the plan and solid their votes.
In Bodinaykanur constituency in Theni district, some folks pelted the car of AIADMK MP and son of Mr. Paneerselvam O.P. Raveendranath with stones at Perumal Naickenpatti round 3 p.m. when he was returning residence after visiting a couple of polling stations.
AIADMK males, who chased the assailants, alleged that it was the handiwork of AMMK cadre. DMK candidate Thanga Tamilselvan stated his get together had nothing to do with the incident after it was claimed on social media that the opposition get together was behind the assault.
There was a wordy altercation between PMK and DMK cadres in Chinnalapatti in Dindigul district. Police and income authorities pacified them after about two hours of talks. Election officers demanded ample safety on the polling station.
In Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Thoothukudi, robust presence of police at susceptible stations ensured clean polling, whereas in Virudhunagar district there have been some reviews of street blockade after opposition events made complaints towards BJP and AIADMK functionaries, officers stated.
In Madurai, the CPI (M) cadre claimed to have nabbed some AIADMK males with tokens (meant for trade for money to voters) late in the night. The police stated they might examine into the allegation.