All set for Vellore LS polls
Tamil Nadu

All set for Vellore LS polls

Agency News

Chennai, Aug 4 : An estimated 18.85 lakh voters, including  9.58 lakh women, are expected to exercise their franchise as the stage is set for polling in the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency tomorrow.

Polling begins at 7 am and elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure a free and fair polling.

Elections would be held to decide the fate of 28 candidates, including three women, with a majority of them being Independents.

The Lok Sabha seat consists of six Assembly segments that included Vellore, Anaikattu, Kilvaithinankuppam, Gudiyattam, Vaniyambadi and Ambur and polling would be held in more than 1,400 booths.

The elections were earlier scheduled for April 18, but was rescinded, following seizure of cash from the premises of DMK candidate Kathir Anand, who is also the son of DMK treasurer and former Minister Duraimurugan.

The DMK has re-nominated Kathir as its candidate, while the AIADMK too has renominated NJP Founder AC Shanmugham.

The elections will witness a three-cornered contest, though the main fight will be between the AIADMK and the DMK. The third nominee in fray is Deepalakshmi of Naam Tamizhar Katch of actor-director Seeman.

Counting of votes would be taken up on August 9.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and state Ministers campaigned for Shanmugam, while DMK resident MK Stalin led the campaign for Kathir Anand along with his son and DMK youth wing leader Udhayanidhi and others.

Actor Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiyam is not contesting the polls.

The DMK-led Front swept the Lok Sabha polls winning 37 of the 38 seats and 13 of the 22 Assembly seats, while the AIADMK won one LS seat and nine Assembly seats, that ensured its stability. (UNI)