New Delhi: Polling has begun for four Lok Sabha constituencies and 10 assembly seats amid tight security for by-elections in six states and one Union territory across the country on Saturday. The by-polls are attracting national attention in the wake of demonetisation of currency notes Rs 500 and Rs 1000.
While candidates in Assam, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal are contesting for both Lok Sabha and Assembly seats, on the other hand candidates from Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Puducherry are contesting only for Assembly seats.
Polling on Saturday progressed peacefully in all constituencies after it began at 7am. In Tamil Nadu, nearly 7.54 lakh voters are expected to exercise their vote and decide the fate of 81 candidates in the fray in all three constituencies. Though other parties are trying their luck in this election, the contest is mainly between AIADMK and DMK in Tamil Nadu.
Notably, after the Election Commission of India rescinded the May 16 Assembly election in Tamil Nadu in the wake of large scale bribing of voters by political parties, the elections in Thanjavur and Aravakurichi are being held now.
In Puducherry’s Nellithope congress leader and chief minister V Narayanasamy is up against AIADMK’s nominee Om Shakthi Segar.
Counting of votes will take place on November 22.
- Around 36 percent votes were cast till 11 am in the by-poll to two Lok Sabha and one Assembly seats in West Bengal.
- Nellithope in Puducherry registered 61 percent polling till mid day.
- Polling crossed 50 perecent in all three constituencies in Tamil Nadu by 1 pm.
- Till mid day Madhya Pradesh polls for one Assembly seat and one Lok Sabha constituency were recorded at an estimated 41 percent voting.