Puducherry: Polling began on a brisk and
peaceful note in the bypoll to Indira Nagar Assembly
constituency here, the first after the Rangasamy headed AINRC
ministry was formed in May.
The bypoll was necessitated after AINRC founder and
Minister N Rangasamy quit the seat on June 25. Rangasamy, who
won from both Indira Nagar and Kadirkamam in the April 13
assembly polls, had retained the latter.
Polling began at 8 AM and will end at 5 PM.
Indira Nagar has 29,005 voters.
There are seven contestants in the fray. The ruling
AINRC`s nominee A Tamilsevan is the Chief Minister`s nephew
and a greenhorn in the poll battle.
The opposition Congress has fielded V Aroumougame who
was defeated by Rangasamy in the April 13 polls in Indira
The AIADMK nominee is A Venkateswaran while the other
party sponsored contestants are K Vaithianathan (BSP) and R
Shanmugham (Indhiya Jananayaka katchi). There are two
independents in the fray.