Hectic bypoll campaign ends for two Assembly seats in TN
Chennai, Oct 19 (PTI) Campaign for the October 21
to two Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu drew to a close
on Saturday with arch rivals AIADMK and DMK putting their best
foot forward to woo the voters.
Wrapping up the campaign, AIADMK''s top leaders, Chief
Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam
appealed to the voters to cast their ballots in favour of
their party''s candidates in Vikravandi and Nanguneri segments
and shun the "violent mob,"an apparent accusation against DMK.
The top AIADMK leaders hit out at the DMK for trying to
somehow win bypolls by allegedly giving false promises and to
again bring back "family" politics.
AIADMK''s M R Muthamizhselvan and Reddiyarpatti V
Narayanan are in the fray in Vikravandi and Nanguneri segments
respectively. The ruling party''s candidates are
supported by allies including the PMK and BJP.
DMK''s N Pugazhendhi is contesting from Vikravandi
(Villupuram district) constituency and its ally Congress
party''s nominee ''Ruby'' Manoharan is testing his luck from
For about two weeks, AIADMK and DMK leaders led a hectic
campaign in both Vikravandi and Nanguneri Assembly segments,
which culminated at 6 PM today.
Yesteryear top actor Vijayakanth, chief of Desiya
Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam, an ally of the ruling party, sought
votes for AIADMK candidate Muthamizhselvan at Vikravandi.
The DMDK chief, in view of some health issues, has not
been active in politics for well over a year and his visit on
the last leg of campaign assumes significance
Villupuram district had been the hub of his fan following
during his heydays in the filmdom.
Winding up his campaign at Vikravandi, DMK chief M K
Stalin took on the AIADMK government for claiming to have been
delivering efficient governance.
Listing out issues, including the infamous Pollachi
sexual assault case and last year''s police firing at Tuticorin
that claimed 13 lives and the suicide of seven students who
could not get through the NEET, the DMK chief sarcastically
asked if such aspects were proof for good rule.
Seeking support for his party''s candidate, Stalin
targeted the AIADMK as a "servile regime," which was always
ready to execute any and all the diktats of the Centre.
Referring to a woman two-wheeler rider''s recent death in
Chennai after a banner put up by an AIADMK functionary fell on
her,he alleged that the ruling party leaders did not even have
the courtesy to visit the victim''s home and condole her death.
The bypoll to Vikravandi was necessitated due to the
death of DMK MLA K Rathamani in June this year.
Congress party''s H Vasanthakumar, who represented
Nanguneri constituency, resigned after he was elected to the
Though the outcome of the bypolls are not likely to
affect the stability of the AIADMK government,the ruling party
has left no stone unturned to emerge victorious since it will
be a morale booster.
Also, the DMK has vigorously campaigned to post wins
since the bypolls are seen as a kind of a precursor to the
State assembly elections.
In the May 2019 bypolls to 22 Assembly seats, the AIADMK
managed to win nine seats and the DMK, 13.
The Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu, Satyabrata Sahoo
has announced that all the 574 polling stations in Vikravandi
(275) and Nanguneri (299) will be covered by live web
In Vikravandi, 18 polling stations are categorised as
"critical," and 32 as "vulnerable."
As regards Nanguneri, there are no critical polling
booths and there are 110 vulnerable stations.
While Vikravandi has an electorate of 2.57 lakh voters,
Nanguneri has 2.23 lakh
Over 3,000 personnel have been drafted for the bypolls.
About six companies of paramilitary forces will be on the
ground in the two segments for the October 21 byelections.
Votes will be counted on October 24. PTI VGN
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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