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Voters are anxious in Dindigul and Theni

K. Raju

— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

RESPONSIBLE:A physically disabled man being carried by a person to cast vote at Michaelpalayam near Nilakottai in Dindigul district on

DINDIGUL: Overwhelming enthusiasm among voters in exercising their franchise has confused not only political observers but also politicians and intelligence wing police as they could not come to any conclusion about mood of the people and swing in votes.

Already, delimitation of constituencies had shattered caste and community vote banks confusing politicians and created new vote banks in all constituencies in both districts.

Both men and women were anxious to cast votes and congregated in several booths in the morning itself in Oddanchatram and Palani constituencies. Even very old women were coming to booth with the help of stick to cast votes. Some have struggled to even locate the symbol in the ballot box. Even handicapped person at Michaelpalayam sat on the shoulders of his friend to come to polling station to cast his vote.

Despite massive campaign by election commission on importance of voting, rare sight of first time voters in polling stations in Nilakottai and Athoor constituencies was a great disappointment. Many did not have patience to wait in a queue and wanted to stay away from scorching heat. However, Palani youth were a little bit enthusiastic as many cast their votes. Senior NCC cadets from 14 Battalion joined poll duty.

Despite rain, voters rushed to the booths in the evening. Slips were given to voters in two polling stations in Kodaikanal to help them cast votes even after 5 p.m.

But in Athoor, men voters outnumbered women in many constituencies. Local party men clashed with one another in Velayuthapalayampudhur and police chased them to bring the situation under control. Around 250 voters suddenly came to Arasanchettipatti near Iyyalur in Vedasandur constituency around 4 p.m. Tokens were given at seven villages to in Nilakottai vote after 5 p.m.

Besides enthusiasm, there was disgust among voters. First time, one or two 49-O votes were polled in all several polling stations in almost all constituencies.

Theni

Contrary to traditional system, voting pattern was completely changed in several places in Theni district. Traditional majority community voters split into two and reportedly polled to both candidates equally. In Theni, town, many women with children returned home without exercising their votes, owing to scorching heat. Youth response was good.

Polling officials were puzzled when they found difference in number of persons signed in the register and the votes polled at a booth in Sankarapuram in Bodi constituency. The difference was 23. They signed the register and did not press the button properly. About 152 tokens were issued to voters Karuvelnaickenapatti to complete polling at 6 p.m.

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