Polling begins in Tamil Nadu, Assam, Puducherry; 3rd phase polls in Bengal
Chennai: Polling in 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu went underway at 7 am on Tuesday. A total of 3998 candidates including heavyweights like Chief Minister K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam, DMK President M K Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran and Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan are in the fray. The Election Commission will be conducting the polls
with due covid-19 health protocols such as checking the temperature of voters.
People started lining up early in the morning eagerly to cast their votes. Actors Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar were among the early voters in the city.
While the ruling AIADMK is seeking a third term, Stalin-led DMK is making a strong bid to come back to power after a decade of stint in opposition.
Polling also began in neighbouring Puducherry this morning.
31 seats in 3rd phase of Bengal elections
Polling began at 7 am on Tuesday for 31 seats in the third phase of the West Bengal assembly
elections amid tight security, officials said. Voting is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19
protocols in 16 seats in South 24 Parganas district (part II), seven in Howrah (part I) and eight in Hooghly (part I), they said. Long queues were seen outside polling stations, where voting will continue till 6.30 pm. Over 78.5 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 205 candidates, including BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, state minister Ashima Patra and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly. The Election Commission has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in all the onstituencies, declaring them as 'sensitive'.
Polling begins for 40 seats in final phase of Assam elections
Polling for 40 seats in the final phase of the assembly elections in Assam began at 7 am on Tuesday to decide the fate of 337 candidates, including senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, his five cabinet
colleagues and state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass. People wearing masks and maintaining social distance were seen queuing outside polling stations even before the voting began in the 40 constituencies spread over 12 districts.
In several polling stations, the first voter and senior citizens were greeted with a 'gamosa' (traditional
towel) and, in some cases, with saplings. Elections are being held amid tight security as 320 companies of security forces were deployed in the third phase, the highest among all the phases.