All arrangements have been made for counting of votes on Tuesday in the three Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu which went to polls on November 19, Election Commission said on Monday. Counting of votes for Aravakkurichi, Thanjavur and Thiruparankundram assembly constituencies will begin from 8 am at designated counting centres tomorrow, EC said in an official release.
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225 counting personnel have been deployed in the counting process and adequate security arrangements are in place with declaration of results being expected later in the day.
Ruling AIADMK and main Opposition DMK are the main contenders in the three constituencies though parties including BJP, DMDK and PMK have fielded their nominees.
Polls were held to the three constituencies at a time when AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is recuperating in a hospital here, with her trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam leading the campaign for the ruling party.
AIADMK sought votes to continue its “historic achievements” and highlighted the appeal of Jayalalithaa to voters to vote for the ruling party. In her appeal, she had focused on her government’s welfare measures to woo the electorate.
DMK’s hard-hitting campaign drive against AIADMK regime was steered by party treasurer and Leader of Opposition MK Stalin who taunted the ruling party as “non-functional.” He alleged that the government had not acted on a host of issues including the lifeline Cauvery issue.