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Many Karur voters disappointed

By Our Staff Reporter

KARUR, MAY 10. Moderate and largely peaceful polling was reported in the Karur Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls today. Yet, a large number of voters in various parts of the district were disappointed and returned from the polling station as their name had been deleted from the electoral rolls.

Stray incidents of heated arguments between agents of political parties marked the polling day. Official sources put the polling percentage at 60.16 per cent.

Brisk polling was noticed in many of the 1,115 polling stations, especially those in the rural areas, in the morning. Women were seen enquiring with agents of candidates, who were distributing slips, about the mode of voting through the electronic voting machines.

In some areas, volunteers of parties even tried to enlighten voters on using the EVMs.

The sources said the Aravakurichi Assembly segment recorded 55 per cent, while the Karur segment recorded 66 per cent, Krishnarayapuram 60 per cent, Kulithalai 59 per cent, Thottiam 60 per cent and Marungapuri recorded 61 per cent.

At a polling station at the panchayat union office, Vadhiyam near Kulithalai, a total of 230 voters of the total 997 voters in the booth list had exercised their franchise in about two hours of polling time. The number would have been more but for the deletions made recently, claim locals.

``I have a valid election photo identity card. But my name has been deleted. I came to know of it only after the polling officers informed me at the booth'' says M. Shanmuganathan of Keezhakurapalayam. Same was the case with C. Dhanabagyam (72) and M. Chitra (28) of the same village attached to the Vadhiyam booth.

At a booth in the Kadambarkoil area in Kulithalai, polling was rather dull in the morning with hardly 200 of the total 1,178 voters attached to the booth having caste their vote in three hours. At the Anna Bhagyam Middle School polling station, Kulithalai, polling started at least an hour behind schedule as there was some problem with an EVM there, Officials rushed there to set right things.

At. V. Pudur on the Manapparai Road, a verbal altercation between the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam volunteers delayed start by some time.

At Mahendramangalam in the Thottiam Assembly segment of the Karur constituency, a total of 257 voters of the total 1,417 had voted in three hours.

At a booth in Pallapatti, where largescale deletion from the voters list was reported recently, the DMK and the AIADMK polling agents almost came to blows after a person whose name was deleted was allegedly allowed to vote. To add to the melee, a polling officer, Valarmathi, swooned and was rushed to the hospital.

At Booth No. 181 in the Thanthoni town panchayat, voting commenced late by half an hour's owing to some malfunctioning of the EVM. A majority of the voters in the Esanatham Main Road, Ponnnagar, Palanivel Nagar and Vellakoundan Nagar in Thanthoni town panchayat found to their dismay their names deleted from the rolls.

Boxes containing the EVMs were moved to the counting centre, Kumarasamy College of Engineering, Thalavapalayam.

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