Chennai, Oct 6 (BPNS)
The first five and half hours of elections in the rural local body polls witnessed brisk polling with almost all districts showing good voting. In Tirunelveli district which had witnessed bloody killings on caste lines in the last couple of weeks, there was good polling.
By 12.30 pm on Wednesday, Tirunelveli district reported 32.1% polling with women in large numbers arriving at the booths to cast their franchisee. The rural local body polls have more of a local fervor as it determines the rulers of the panchayaths and district councils which are directly affecting the lives of the people and hence good polling is witnessed in these places.
Even after rains have decreased, polling in Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts has not caught the momentum even as some booths witnessed heavy polling. While Changalpattu recorded 24.3% polling till noon, Kancheepuram was slightly better with 25.9% polling.
Ramesh Kumar who lives in Pammal voted in Pozhiyoor school and told BPNS, “ There was not much rush at the polling counter and all the Covid -19 protocols were intact. I went to the polling station along with my wife and daughter and could cast our vote in ten minutes on reaching the booth. Heavy police contingent is guarding the booth for any untoward incident.”
In Tenkasi there was a slight scuffle when a few people jumped the queue and violated the Covid -19 protocol. Police personal on duty intervened and pacified the angry voters when some people jumped the queue.
Voting in the district of Tenkasi touched 29.01% at 12.30 pm and local people said that the polling will gain momentum in the afternoon. Election will be conducted till 6 pm with the last one hour earmarked for Covid -19 patients.
At Vellore district also there were minor issues related to Covid-19 protocol and people argued with the police personal about not having proper Covid -19 protocol in place in some booths.
The voting percentage touched 31.19% at 12.30 pm in Vellore and the polling is expected to gain strength in the next couple of hours.
Shanmughan, 52, a local leader of the DMK while speaking to BPNS said,” DMK will sweep the polls as our Chief Minister had taken extra care for the welfare of the people of the state after assuming office on May 7. The only thing that is to be known is our majority.”
Mohammed Abdullah, an AIADMK worker at Vellore while speaking to BPNS said, “DMK has failed the people and they will not win a majority in the rural local body elections and it will be a good victory for the AIADMK. It is to be remembered that the difference between the AIADMK and DMK in the last assembly elections was only 1% in favour of the DMK and that is not a big deal which we will overcome and emerge victorious in the rural local body polls.”
Villupuram and Kallikurichi districts also witnessed good polling with the former touching 27.84% and the latter 28.5% voting by 12.30 pm. No untoward incidents were reported from these districts. Heavy police posse is deployed in both Villupuram and Kallikurichi for the conduct of free and fair polls.
Ranipet and Tiruppatur also witnessed good polling with the former recording 30.01% polling by 12.30 pm while the latter had 28.4% voting by noon.