Chennai: Voting in Tamil Nadu, began on Monday morning, that will decide the fate of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her arch rival and nonagenarian M Karunanidhi, which will witness multi-cornered contests.
The BJP is seeking to make inroad in Tamil Nadu here the power has oscillated between the AIADMK and the DMK for decades.
Besides AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and 91-year-old wheelchair-bound Karunanidhi, the poll arena in Tamil Nadu also has two other chief ministerial candidates–actor-turned politician Vijayakant of DMDK-PWF-TMC combine and PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss.
Jayalalithaa, seeking a second successive term in office, and Karunanidhi, eyeing to lead DMK to power after back-to-back drubbings in the 2011 assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, are contesting from R K Nagar in Chennai and Thiruvarur respectively.
Of the total 234 constituencies, polling will be held in 232 seats as the Election Commission had deferred the process in Aravakurichi segment in Karur district and Thanjavur constituency to May 23 due to ‘unlawful’ activities of candidates and political parties in ‘bribing’ voters.
Election authorities have seized more than Rs 100 crore unaccounted cash in the state, the largest among the five states involved in the Assembly polls.
DMK president M. Karunanidhi after voting
We will win enough number of seats, our winning prospects are bright.
Money distribution is curbed to a level, but there are incidents of cash transfer through trucks.
People have question in their mind if Election Commission will initiate action against them.
Voting begins in Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth casts his vote in Chennai’s Stella Maris College.