40 Percent Voter Turnout in Tamil Nadu till Noon

Published: 24th April 2014 01:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th April 2014 01:11 PM   |  A+A-


Tamil Nadu, where 39 Lok Sabha  constituencies are facing single phase voting, today witnessed  a turn out of about 40 per cent of the 5.50 crore electorate  till noon.           

According to Electoral authorities, brisk polling was witnessed in various constituencies with Dharmapuri recording 42 per cent followed by Karur 39.6, Thanjavur 39.5 and  Dindigul 39.8 per cent.             

Voters including youngsters thronged the polling booths in good numbers in majority of the constituencies to decide the poll fate of 845 aspirants who included DMK's A Raja,  Dayanidhi Maran, T R Baalu and Congress's Karti Chidambaram  son of Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Manishankar  Aiyar, besides MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK leader Anmbumani  Ramadoss.    

Though the poll scene present a multi-corner battle, the actual contest is between ruling AIADMK led by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi headed DMK, besides the six-party BJP led NDA alliance, which is trying to throw up challenge to the two dravidian outfits.            

Jayalalithaa, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, his sons-- M K  Stalin, M K Alagiri, DMDK founder Vijayakant, Tamil actors  Vijay and Ajith Kumar were among the star voters who had cast  their votes besides super star Rajanikant and Kamal Hassan.        

No untoward incident has been reported so far in the state. 

In the neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry about  36 per cent of the 8.85 lakh voters exercised their franchise  till noon, where Minister of State in PMO V Narayanaswamy of  Congress is locked in multi-corner poll battle. 

Voting is progressing in Alandur Assembly constituency which is facing bypoll to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation by 'Panruti' Ramachandran.


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