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18 contesting in Tindivanam

By Our Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM, APRIL 26. After the scrutiny and withdrawal of nominations, 18 candidates are in the fray for the Tindivanam Parliamentary constituency. A majority of them, numbering 14, are Independents.

As each ballot unit of the Electronic Voting Machine can accommodate names of 16 candidates only, the presence of 18 candidates has necessitated the usage of two ballot units in each polling station.

In all, 24 candidates filed the nominations, of whom three were substitutes and their candidature lapsed as they were not officially recognised by political parties concerned. Today, three Independents withdrew.

The Villupuram Collector, K. Gopal, allotted symbols to candidates in the presence of three observers — Asim Kumar Das, Chandrasekara Bab and Debendra Narayana Gar — and representatives of the parties.

The candidates and symbols allotted to them are as follows: A. Arunmozhithevan of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - two leaves; K. Dhanaraju of the Pattali Makkal Katchi - mango; and K. Rayar of the Bahujan Samaj Party - elephant. These three are candidates of the recognised national/State parties.

P. Gopalakrishnan of the Janata Dal (United) - arrow (candidate of a registered political party); and Independents: P.N. Ashok Kumar - violin; K. Arasan - road roller; Aranga Ilangovan - aeroplane; G. Iniya Dayalan - banana; G. Kasi - almirah; T. Kulandaivelu - coconut.

M. Selvam - basket; I.M. Sekar - bat; N.K. Soundararajan - balloon; B. Navaneethakrishnan - book; S. Perumal - nagara (percussion instrument called "Murasu"); M. Mohammad Ali Jinnah - lady purse; S. Ranganathan - jug; and L. Veethoos Durairaj - television.

Observers inspect polling stations

The election observers inspected polling stations at Sithani, Sendoor, Poontheri and V.Parangini. They interacted with voters to elicit their opinions about the location of the booths. The villagers told the observers that all the stations were very much within reach.

Later, the observers went to Vanur and held a meeting with officials, including the District Revenue Officer, V. Govindarajan, and the Sub-Collector, Anil Meshram, to review election and security arrangements.

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