Tamil Nadu Vikravandi, Nanguneri By-Elections 2019 Voting Highlights: A major battle battle between the ruling AIADMK and DMK parties will take place today as Vikravandi and Nanguneri Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu go to poll today.
Rettiyarpatti V Narayanan will be contesting for AIADMK in Nanguneri against DMK’s ally Congress’ candidate R Manoharan who is the head of Ruby Group of companies. In Vikravandi, the by-election will be contested between MR Muthamizhselvan, the AIADMK secretary of Kanai Union in the Villupuram district unit and N Pugazhendhi, the party treasurer for DMK’s Villupuram district unit.
The government has declared a public holiday in Vikravandi and Nanguneri today.
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76.41 percent voter turnout in Vikravandi, 62.32 percent in Nanguneri at 5 pm
Average polling percentage stood at 76.41 percent in Vikravandi and 62.32 percent in Nanguneri at 5 pm. According to the Election Commission, there are a total of 2.57 lakh voters in Vikravandi and 2.23 voters in Nanguneri.
Scuffle breaks out between DMDK, PMK cadre
A fight broke out between cadre from Patali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) at Kalyanmpoondi in Vikravandi constituency in the evening while the polling was drawing to a close. The fight had apparently broken out while distributing cash to voters near a polling booth.
No untoward incident had been reported, Polling going on peacefully : Villupuram SP Jayakumar
Villupuram SP Jayakumar has said the polling across 275 booths in the district is running smooth. Speaking to reporters, he said " The polling began at 7 am and it is going across 275 booths peacefully. 61 locations and 116 booths have been identified as sensitive areas, security has been beefed up in those locations, so far no untoward incident had been reported. Despite the rain, the voters have turned out in large numbers."
65.79 percent voter turnout in Vikravandi, 52.18 percent in Nanguneri at 3 pm
Average polling percentage stood at 65.79 percent in Vikravandi and 52.18 percent in Nanguneri at 3 pm. According to the Election Commission, there are a total of 2.57 lakh voters in Vikravandi and 2.23 voters in Nanguneri.
Girl alleges fake vote was cast in polling booth
A girl voter alleged in the afternoon that a fake vote had been cast at a polling booth in Rettiyarpatti in Nellai Palayankottai during the voting process. The booth, which is numbered 134 which comes under Nanguneri constituency.
'Will win the election', says N Pugazhendhi
N Pugazhendi, DMK's party treasurer in Villupuram district who is contesting for DMK in Vikravandi addressed reporters today while elections were underway in the assembly. Commenting on the poll, Pugazhendi said that he would win the election in Vikravandi and said, "I will dedicate my win to the late Kalaignar and DMK president M K Stalin", he said.
Pugazhendi said that he had visiyed 100 polling stations in the constituency from morning and lauded the police, paramilitary troops and the Election Commission (EC) for conducting the elections in a deft and effcicient manner.
Polling time wont be extended due to rain : Tamil Nadu Chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo
Tamil Nadu Chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo said polling time won't be extended due to rain. At 1 pm, the polling percentage stand at 54.17 percent in Vikravandi and 41.35 percent at Nanguneri.
விக்கிரவாண்டி தொகுதியில் 54.17% வாக்குகளும் நாங்குநேரி தொகுதியில் 41.35% வாக்குகளும் மதியம் 1 மணி வரை பதிவாகியுள்ளன. #இடைத்தேர்தல் #நாங்குநேரி #விக்கிரவாண்டிhttps://t.co/sY5YGmnToy pic.twitter.com/1P9203aef6— IE Tamil (@IeTamil) October 21, 2019
54.17 percent voter turnout in Vikravandi, 41.35 percent in Nanguneri at 1 pm
Average polling percentage stood at 54.17 percent in Vikravandi and 41.35 percent in Nanguneri at 1 pm. According to the Election Commission, there are a total of 2.57 lakh voters in Vikravandi and 2.23 voters in Nanguneri.
Voting stats in Vikravandi and Nanguneri
Vikravandi assembly constituency has 275 polling stations while Nanguneri has 299 booths. All 574 booths are covered by live web streaming. Out of 275 stations in Vikravandi, 18 are "critical" and 32 are "vulnerable." In Nanguneri, 110 stations out of 299 are vulnerable. There are no critical polling booths.
Regarding voter population, Vikravandi has an electorate of 2.57 lakh voters while Nanguneri has 2.23 lakh voters.
Why is the byelection being held in Vikravandi and Nanguneri?
The byelection in Vikravandi, an assembly constituency in Villupuram district is being held today after the seat fell vacant when DMK legislator K Radhamani passed away in June this year.
The byelection in Nanguneri, an assembly constituency in Tirunelveli district is being held after the seat was left vacant when HL Vasantha Kumar of the Congress had resigned after being elected as the MP from the Kanyakumari constituency.
32.54 percent voter turnout in Vikravandi, 23.89 percent in Nanguneri at 11 am
Average polling percentage stand at 32.54 percent in Vikravandi and 23.89 percent in Nanguneri at 11 am. In Puducherry's Kamraj Nagar constituency 23.17 percent voter turnout was recorded at 11 am. According to the Election Commission, there are a total of 2.57 lakh voters in Nanguneri and 2.23 voters in Vikravandi.
Who is contesting in Vikravandi and Nanguneri constituencies?
DMK candidate N Pugazhendhi is the party treasurer for its Villupuram district unit and has thrice been the union secretary of Vikravandi constituency. A farmer by profession, Pugazhendhi has been with the DMK since 1973. On the other hand, the ruling party has fielded MR Muthamizhselvan, the AIADMK secretary of Kanai Union in the Villupuram district unit.
In Nanguneri, DMK’s ally Congress named R Manoharan, the head of Ruby Group of companies, as its candidate. An Air Force veteran, Manoharan is the party’s Kancheepuram North district unit president.AIADMK has chosen Rettiyarpatti V Narayanan as their candidate for Nanguneri. Since 2013, Narayanan has been working as the joint-secretary of MGR Mandram. He has also served as a president in Rettiyarpatti panchayath town. His association with the AIADMK dates back to 1986.
We will win with a difference of 50,000 votes, says AIADMK's Rettiyarpatti V Narayanan
AIADMK's Nanguneri candidate Rettiyarpatti V Narayanan is confident of winning the by-election. He said being the son of this soil, he has a greater advantage than Congress candidate R Manoharan. "80 percent voter turnout will be recorded at the end of the day. Despite the rain, people have turned out in large numbers to vote here. I am confident that I will win with a difference of 50,000 votes, Congress candidate is not the son of this soil, he doesn't have a vote here. Last time H Vasanthakumar was elected, but it won't happen again. I live in this constituency, I have come here to vote with my family, the opposition candidate doesn't have his family or business here. If the ruling party candidate wins, the welfare schemes will reach the people easily, he said.
18.04 percent voter turnout in Vikravandi; 12.84 percent in Nanguneri in the first two hours
An average of 12.84 percent and 18.04 percent voter turnout was recorded in the first two hours in the Vikravandi and Nanguneri assembly constituencies. The polling began at 7 am and long queues were witnessed in many booths. To prevent any untoward incidents, security measures have been beefed up. Paramilitary forces have been put in place and CCTV cameras are installed in all polling booths.
12.84% votes cast in Vikravandi
Around 12.84% votes were cast in Vikravandi constituency until 9 am on Monday.
Voting halted for an hour due to faulty EVM
Voting at a government school in Vikravandi was halted for one hour after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at the booth malfunctioned on Monday.
18.04% votes cast in Nanguneri
Around 18.04 per cent votes were cast in Nanguneri until 9 am.
Malfunctioning EVM near Nanguneri restored
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) which had malfunctioned earlier in the morning at a polling booth in Devanayakiperi in Moolakaraipatti near Nanguneri constituency was restored by officials. Voting in the area commenced after a 45-minute delay.
Villupuram district collector monitors polling in Vikravandi
Villupuram district collector, Subramanian is currently monitoring the voting process in Vikravandi constituency from his office in the district.
In Vikravandi, the by-election is being contested between MR Muthamizhselvan, the AIADMK secretary of Kanai Union in the Villupuram district unit and N Pugazhendhi, the party treasurer for DMK’s Villupuram district unit.
Voters brave rain to cast votes
Voters ranging from young adults to senior citizens waited amid light rain to cast their votes for the by-election in Nanguneri.
The seat in Nanguneri assembly constituency which had become vacant after HL Vasantha Kumar of the Congress resigned will be contested between Rettiyarpatti V Narayanan of AIADMK and Congress’ R Manoharan.
EVM which had malfunctioned near Nanguneri restored
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) whicheh had malfunctioned at a polling booth in Devanayakiperi in Moolakaraipatti near Nanguneri constituency was restored in the morning. Voting in the area commenced after a 45-minute delay.
MR Muthamizhselvan casts his vote
AIADMK candidate for Vikravandi, M R Muthamizhselvan cast his vote at a polling booth in Kalpattu today.
EVM at polling booth near Naguneri malfunctions
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling booth in Devanayakiperi in Moolakaraipatti near Nanguneri constituency malfunctioned ahead of polls.
Security tightened in Vikravandi and Nanguneri
With polling underway in Nanguneri and Vikravandi, security has been beefed up to prevent any untoward incidents. Booth slips have been issued to the voters and CCTV cameras have been installed in all polling booths. Sensitive areas in both constituencies have been identified and given adequate police protection.
Paramilitary forces have been deployed to keep vigil today, while special task forces have been instructed to conduct search operations in all the hotels, lodges, social welfare complexes, etc to make sure no native-residents are seen on the polling day.
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Polling underway in Vikravandi and Nanguneri
Polling is underway at Vikravandi constituency in Villupuram district and Nanguneri constituency in Tirunelveli today.
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