Assembly elections see good voter turnout, clashes reported in several areas

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New Delhi: A precocious elector turnout was recorded successful Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections connected Tuesday (April 6), with the Congress on with its allies similar the DMK locked successful a keen contention to regain turf successful South India.

In Kerala, wherever the Left is hoping to bushed anti-incumbency to clasp power, a feat unseen successful 4 decades, portion the BJP is making efforts to physique inroads, astir 74 percent polling was recorded till 7 PM. There was 63.47 percent voting successful Tamil Nadu for 234 assembly constituencies and 77.90 percent successful Puducherry till 5 PM.

The three-phase assembly predetermination culminated successful Assam with astir 79 percent polling successful the last circular successful the authorities wherever the ruling BJP is battling the Congress-led confederation to clasp power, portion the inclination of precocious turnout and unit during polling continued successful West Bengal arsenic the ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP and the Left-Congress confederation enactment up an aggravated combat successful the high-stakes contest.

Five candidates, including 2 women, were assaulted successful poll-related clashes arsenic implicit 77 percent voting was recorded successful 31 seats successful West Bengal till 5 PM successful the 3rd phase.

Violence was reported successful areas similar Uluberia, Khanakul, Falta, Canning Purba, Durbrajpur and Hooghly, wherever a BJP supporter's household subordinate was killed. The authorities is having eight-phase elections.

Stray incidents of clashes betwixt workers of rival parties were besides reported successful different states.

The monolithic polling workout pursuing COVID-19 wellness protocol and involving lakhs of unit began astatine 7 AM and the past hr from 6 PM to 7 PM was acceptable speech for COVID-19 patients and those nether isolation.

DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi, who is being treated for COVID-19, voted astatine a polling presumption successful Chennai portion wearing a Personal Protective Equipment kit.

In Tamil Nadu, some the Dravidian parties AIADMK and DMK went into the predetermination without their stalwarts, J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his lawman O Panneerselvam volition cement their presumption arsenic successors of Jayalalithaa if the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) retains powerfulness though it faces an uphill task particularly aft the rout successful the 2019 Lok Sabha predetermination erstwhile the DMK-led confederation won 38 retired of 39 seats.

The AIADMK had scored successive wins successful 2011 and successful 2016, erstwhile Jayalalithaa bucked the anti-incumbency inclination -- the archetypal by anyone successful astir 3 decades successful the state.

After a constrictive decision successful the past assembly predetermination wherever respective exit polls had predicted his party's win, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) main M K Stalin spearheaded a determined predetermination run this clip and vigorously toured the authorities to instrumentality connected the ruling AIADMK.

He is seeking re-election for the consecutive 3rd word from the Kolathur conception present portion his lad and enactment younker helping caput Udhayanidhi Stalin is debuting from Chepauk- Triplicane constituency.

AIADMK Lok Sabha MP P Ravindhranath alleged that helium and his supporters were attacked by DMK men connected Tuesday. DMK's Thondamuthur constituency nominee successful Coimbatore district, Karthikeya Sivesenapathy alleged that ruling AIADMK and BJP radical tried to onslaught him erstwhile helium was travelling successful a car.

Makkal Needhi Maiam, founded successful 2018 and led by actor-politician Kamal Haasan, is trying its luck successful Assembly polls for the archetypal time.

AIADMK state BJP, which had not won immoderate spot successful the past polls, is contesting successful 20 constituencies. Another AIADMK ally, the PMK is contesting from 23 constituencies.

The Congress, an state of the DMK, is successful the fray successful 25 Assembly segments. The counting of votes successful the states volition beryllium held connected May 2.

In Kerala, wherever the Left Democratic Front (LDF) is seeking to interruption the state's four-decade-old inclination of swinging betwixt the communists and the Congress-led United Democratic Front, the electors decided the destiny of 957 candidates successful 140 Assembly constituencies crossed the state.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, wellness curate K K Shailaja, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Power Minister M M Mani and Higher Education Minister K K Jaleel are among the salient personalities trying their electoral luck from the ruling side.

Opposition person Ramesh Chennithala, erstwhile Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, elder leaders K Muraleedharan, P T Thomas and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan are among those contesting from the UDF fold.

The BJP, which has failed to marque a dent successful the state, has fielded erstwhile Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan, 'Metroman' E Sreedharan, who joined the saffron enactment recently, authorities president K Surendran , elder person Shobha Surendran and Rajya Sabha members Suresh Gopi and K J Alphons.

The canvass is important for Kerala Congress (M) main Jose K Mani who precocious snapped decades-long ties with the UDF and joined hands with the Left front.

Congress person Rahul Gandhi had camped successful the authorities for respective days and taken portion successful dozens of country meetings and rallies, with the enactment hoping that the authorities volition herald a crook successful its electoral fortunes aft a bid of disappointments successful caller years.

Two voters, including a woman, lasting successful the queue successful Aranmula successful Pathnamthitta and Chavittuavary successful Kottayam collapsed and died.

Tempers ran precocious astatine Kattayikonam successful Kazhakootam constituency, a stronghold of the Marxist enactment successful Thiruvananthapuram district, arsenic CPI(M) and BJP workers clashed.
Four BJP workers were injured and their car was damaged.

Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who is the LDF campaigner from the constituency, told reporters that the protestors aimed to disrupt the voting process and alleged that constabulary had acted arsenic "BJP agent".

Three Marxist workers, including the minister's idiosyncratic staff, person been taken into custody. Sobha Surendran, the BJP campaigner from Kazhakootam constituency, had earlier successful the time held a sit-in successful beforehand of a polling booth successful the area.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, seeking re-election from Dharmadom successful Kannur, expressed assurance that the LDF would beryllium voted backmost to powerfulness and registry a 'historic win'.

The BJP relationship successful Nemom, the solitary spot won by the saffron enactment successful the 2016 polls, volition beryllium 'closed', helium said.

Congress person Shashi Tharoor, however, said that a precocious turnout ever augurs good for the UDF.

Puducherry witnessed a contention betwixt the AINRC-led NDA and the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance.

While AINRC fielded candidates successful 16 of the full 30 constituencies the BJP is contesting 9 seats portion the AIADMK is contesting 5 seats.

Yanam, wherever the AINRC person N Rangasamy is contesting, registered a higher percent of polling than different regions.

The Congress has fielded candidates successful 14 retired of the 15 seats; the nationalist enactment is supporting an autarkic successful Yanam.

The DMK, its main confederation partner, has fielded candidates successful 13 seats and the VCK and CPI are contesting from 1 constituency each.

The Congress-led authorities successful the Union Territory had collapsed conscionable earlier the elections.

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