25% polling registered till 1 PM

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

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 16:55 PM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu recorded about 25 per cent polling till 1 PM in Wednesday`s closely fought Assembly polls
which largely remained peaceful.

In Tamil Nadu, polling got off to a brisk start at 8
am reaching the 25 per cent mark by 1 PM as the voters turned
out braving the scorching summer heat to exercise their

Voters came out in large numbers and seen queueing up
in both urban and rural areas in Kerala where the ruling
CPI(M)-led LDF and UDF-headed by Congress are locked in a
fierce battle.

In the union territory of Puducherry, about 40 per
cent of the voters cast their votes by 1 PM to elect 30
members to the assembly.

Official sources in Thiruvananthapuram said voting was
progressing peacefully in all the 140 segments without any
untoward incident.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M
Karunanidhi and his arch-rival AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa,
whose fortunes are being decided today, crossed swords
levelling allegations against each other after casting their

Besides them, Rajnikant and Kamal Hassan were among
the celebrities who cast their votes in the morning.

Jayalalithaa alleged the state government had refused
to pay the daily allowance of security personnel on election
duty and expressed apprehension that DMK men might create
violence and cast bogus votes in the event of them going on

Hitting back, Karunanidhi referred to the death of
Vikravandi Panchayat Chairman Arjunan in an alleged attack by
some unidentified persons and said "one can make out from this
who is unleashing violence," hinting at her party`s alleged

Both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi exuded confidence
that their combine would get the mandate in the 234-member