Tamil Nadu Election 2021: Over 6.28 cr voters set to cast ballots tomorrow; polls open at 7 am


The election will determine whether or not the incumbent AIADMK will safe a 3rd time period or the DMK will return to energy after a decade in opposition

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The single-phased Tamil Nadu Assembly election can be carried out on Tuesday, 6 April.

The polling, which can be held with strict COVID-19 protocol, will begin at 7 am and finish at 6 pm.

A complete of 234 Assembly constituencies will go to polls on Tuesday, and as many as 3,998 candidates — together with Chief Minister Okay Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, DMK president MK Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan, Naam Tamizhar Katchi chief Seeman and BJP state unit chief L Murugan — are within the fray.

The polls will determine whether or not the incumbent AIADMK will safe a 3rd time period or the DMK will return to energy after a decade in Opposition.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had been amongst those that campaigned for the respective ruling and Opposition alliances.

Over 6.28 crore eligible voters will forged their vote on Tuesday.

In their “final appeal” to voters earlier than the tip of campaigning on Sunday night, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam sought votes to make sure “Amma rule” continued within the state, referring to the party-led authorities.

AIADMK is a part of the National Democratic Alliance, and the opposite constituents are the BJP, PMK and a few native outfits.  The two leaders stated in an announcement that late former chief minister MG Ramachandran had based AIADMK to “protect people of Tamil Nadu from the evil force” of the DMK.

“The DMK was luring women voters with false promises and only the AIADMK can assure a peaceful, welfare state with all-round development,” they stated.

“Let’s stop the evil force from rearing its head again in order to protect the people of Tamil Nadu. This will be the gratitude we can show to Puratchi Thalaivar (Ramachandran) and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Late J Jayalalithaa) for their selfless work,” they stated.

Stalin, in the meantime, sought a possibility for the party-led Secular Progressive Alliance. “Let the Rising Sun (DMK symbol) rise. Let’s retrieve our lost rights. Let’s make Tamil Nadu hold its head high,” stated Stalin, who has been accusing the ruling AIADMK of compromising on the state’s rights on points equivalent to NEET.

The DMK has been within the Opposition since 2011, when the AIADMK beneath Jayalalithaa stormed to energy and likewise retained the chief minister’s workplace within the subsequent elections in 2016.

Meanwhile, within the run-up to the 2021 election, the EC stated that Rs 428.46 crore was seized in case and different property in Tamil Nadu. The whole money seizure alone was Rs 225.5 crore, the remaining being valuable metallic equivalent to gold, moreover liquor, an official launch stated.

“Last 72 hours are extremely sensitive from expenditure stand point. Towards this, round the clock surveillance along with CAPF (Central Armed Police Forces) teams has been taken up,” it stated.

Patrolling has been strengthened, together with expenditure groups and this has resulted in vital seizure within the final 24 hours, the assertion added.

This included money seizure of Rs 91.56 lakh in Ranipet district, Rs 1.23 crore in Thousand lights constituency, Chennai and Rs 1.15 crore at Veerapandi, Salem, it stated.

It additional stated that in Tamil Nadu, 105 expenditure delicate constituencies have been recognized and further efforts as mandated by Election Commission had been strengthened.

As many as 118 Expenditure Observers have been drafted to watch expenditure by candidates and political events.