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Assembly elections see good voter turnout, clashes reported in several areas

Meeting elections see good voter turnout, clashes reported in a number of areas | Information

New Delhi: A excessive voter turnout was recorded in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry meeting elections on Tuesday (April 6), with the Congress together with its allies just like the DMK locked in a eager contest to regain turf in South India.
In Kerala, the place the Left is hoping to beat anti-incumbency to retain energy, a feat unseen in 4 a long time, whereas the BJP is making efforts to construct inroads, almost 74 % polling was recorded until 7 PM. There was 63.47 % voting in Tamil Nadu for 234 meeting constituencies and 77.90 % in Puducherry until 5 PM.
The three-phase meeting election culminated in Assam with almost 79 % polling within the closing spherical within the state the place the ruling BJP is battling the Congress-led alliance to retain energy, whereas the pattern of excessive turnout and violence throughout polling continued in West Bengal because the ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP and the Left-Congress alliance put up an intense struggle within the high-stakes contest.
5 candidates, together with two girls, have been assaulted in poll-related clashes as over 77 % voting was recorded in 31 seats in West Bengal until 5 PM within the third section.
Violence was reported in areas like Uluberia, Khanakul, Falta, Canning Purba, Durbrajpur and Hooghly, the place a BJP supporter’s member of the family was killed. The state is having eight-phase elections.
Stray incidents of clashes between employees of rival events have been additionally reported in different states.
The huge polling train following COVID-19 well being protocol and involving lakhs of personnel started at 7 AM and the final hour from 6 PM to 7 PM was put aside for COVID-19 sufferers and people below isolation.
DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi, who’s being handled for COVID-19, voted at a polling station in Chennai whereas carrying a Private Protecting Gear equipment.
In Tamil Nadu, each the Dravidian events AIADMK and DMK went into the election with out their stalwarts, J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.
Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam will cement their place as successors of Jayalalithaa if the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) retains energy although it faces an uphill job particularly after the rout within the 2019 Lok Sabha election when the DMK-led alliance gained 38 out of 39 seats.
The AIADMK had scored successive wins in 2011 and in 2016, when Jayalalithaa bucked the anti-incumbency pattern — the primary by anybody in almost three a long time within the state.
After a slender defeat within the final meeting election the place a number of exit polls had predicted his occasion’s win, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Okay Stalin spearheaded a decided election marketing campaign this time and vigorously toured the state to tackle the ruling AIADMK.
He’s looking for re-election for the straight third time period from the Kolathur phase right here whereas his son and occasion youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin is debuting from Chepauk- Triplicane constituency.
AIADMK Lok Sabha MP P Ravindhranath alleged that he and his supporters have been attacked by DMK males on Tuesday. DMK’s Thondamuthur constituency nominee in Coimbatore district, Karthikeya Sivesenapathy alleged that ruling AIADMK and BJP folks tried to assault him when he was travelling in a automotive.
Makkal Needhi Maiam, based in 2018 and led by actor-politician Kamal Haasan, is making an attempt its luck in Meeting polls for the primary time.
AIADMK ally BJP, which had not gained any seat within the final polls, is contesting in 20 constituencies. One other AIADMK ally, the PMK is contesting from 23 constituencies.
The Congress, an ally of the DMK, is within the fray in 25 Meeting segments. The counting of votes within the states might be held on Could 2.
In Kerala, the place the Left Democratic Entrance (LDF) is looking for to interrupt the state’s four-decade-old pattern of swinging between the communists and the Congress-led United Democratic Entrance, the electors determined the destiny of 957 candidates in 140 Meeting constituencies throughout the state.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, well being minister Okay Okay Shailaja, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Energy Minister M M Mani and Larger Training Minister Okay Okay Jaleel are among the many distinguished personalities making an attempt their electoral luck from the ruling facet.
Opposition chief Ramesh Chennithala, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior leaders Okay Muraleedharan, P T Thomas and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan are amongst these contesting from the UDF fold.
The BJP, which has didn’t make a dent within the state, has fielded former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan, ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan, who joined the saffron occasion not too long ago, state president Okay Surendran , senior chief Shobha Surendran and Rajya Sabha members Suresh Gopi and Okay J Alphons.
The ballot is important for Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose Okay Mani who not too long ago snapped decades-long ties with the UDF and joined arms with the Left entrance.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had camped within the state for a number of days and brought half in dozens of nook conferences and rallies, with the occasion hoping that the state will herald a flip in its electoral fortunes after a collection of disappointments lately.
Two voters, together with a lady, standing within the queue in Aranmula in Pathnamthitta and Chavittuavary in Kottayam collapsed and died.
Tempers ran excessive at Kattayikonam in Kazhakootam constituency, a stronghold of the Marxist occasion in Thiruvananthapuram district, as CPI(M) and BJP employees clashed.4 BJP employees have been injured and their automotive was broken.
Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who’s the LDF candidate from the constituency, advised reporters that the protestors aimed to disrupt the voting process and alleged that police had acted as “BJP agent”.
Three Marxist employees, together with the minister’s private workers, have been taken into custody. Sobha Surendran, the BJP candidate from Kazhakootam constituency, had earlier within the day held a sit-in in entrance of a polling sales space within the space.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, looking for re-election from Dharmadom in Kannur, expressed confidence that the LDF could be voted again to energy and register a ‘historic win’.
The BJP account in Nemom, the solitary seat gained by the saffron occasion within the 2016 polls, might be ‘closed’, he stated.
Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, nonetheless, stated {that a} excessive turnout all the time augurs effectively for the UDF.
Puducherry witnessed a contest between the AINRC-led NDA and the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance.
Whereas AINRC fielded candidates in 16 of the whole 30 constituencies the BJP is contesting 9 seats whereas the AIADMK is contesting 5 seats.
Yanam, the place the AINRC chief N Rangasamy is contesting, registered a better proportion of polling than different areas.
The Congress has fielded candidates in 14 out of the 15 seats; the nationwide occasion is supporting an impartial in Yanam.
The DMK, its essential alliance companion, has fielded candidates in 13 seats and the VCK and CPI are contesting from one constituency every.
The Congress-led authorities within the Union Territory had collapsed simply earlier than the elections.
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