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It's Karuna vs Jaya in TN; Kerala, Puducherry also vote

PTI  Chennai, April 13, 2011
First Published: 08:09 IST(13/4/2011) | Last Updated: 10:40 IST(18/4/2011)

Polling for the 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu began on a brisk note this morning with about 4.6 crore voters expected to decided the fate of 2,773 candidates.

Political heavyweights whose fortunes will be decided today include Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi, his arch rival and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi's son and Deputy Chief Minister MK Stalin and DMDK actor-founder Vijayakanth.

People came out in good numbers early in the morning and queued up before booths as polling began under the watchful eyes of security personnel who have been deployed in good strength.

Voting is under way in neighbouring state Kerala too, to elect a 140-member assembly.

Moderate to lengthy queues were seen in almost all the polling booths and 4.5 % of the state's voters had cast their votes at the end of the first hour of polling, according to election officials.

Polling began at 7 am across the state and would close at 5 pm.

Palakkad district witnessed around seven percent voting while Kollam district registered only around 3.4 %.

About 22 million people are eligible to vote and there are 971 candidates in the fray. The main contest is between the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).

There are 20,758 polling booths in the state and around 3,703 booths have been identified as sensitive ones.

In the union territory of Puducherry also, the polling to elect 30 members to the Assembly began with a brisk note and large queues were seen before the booths.

Moderate to lengthy queues were seen in almost all the polling booths and 4.5 % of the state's voters had cast their votes at the end of the first hour of polling, according to election officials.

Polling began at 7 am across the state and would close at 5 pm.

with PTI, IANS inputs


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