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#Assemblypolls: Polling begins in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala

 2016-05-16 04:45:12.0

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Chennai:�Assembly Election in Tamil Nadu , Puducherry and Kerala began on Monday amid tight security.

The polling started at 7 a.m. and would end at 6 p.m.

In Tamil Nadu, 233 seats would go to polls, with voting for Aravakurichi constituency having been deferred.

Kerala would see polling for its 140 seats assembly.

In Puducherry, 30 seats would go for polls.

Tamil Nadu is seeing a multi-cornered contest.

The ruling AIADMK is going to the polls aligning with a couple of smaller outfits fielding its candidates in 227 seats and the balance seven has been given to its allies.

The DMK has aligned with the Congress, two Muslim parties and some smaller outfits.

The third front led by the DMDK comprises the CPI-M, CPI, VCK, TMC and MDMK under its fold.

The PMK is going it alone while BJP has aligned with few smaller parties.

Though the fight is mainly between the AIADMK and the DMK the polls might through up a surprise element as well.

The Election Commission has postponed the elections in Thanjavur and Aravakurichi after it received complaints about large scale distribution of money to the voters by political parties and their candidates vitiating the electoral process.

As per the election officials, Kerala has 2,60,19,284 voters comprising of 1,25,10,589 male, 1,35,08,693 female and two voters belonging to the third gender.

In all there are 21,498 regular polling booths and 148 auxiliary polling booths, of which there are 1,233 categorised as critical and including 119 booths that are in Maoist-influenced areas.

A record 1,11,897 polling officials and more than 52,000 personnel from the Kerala Police besides around 100 companies of central forces, 2,000 officials from the excise department and another 2,027 home guards is responsible to ensure the poll passes off peacefully.

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