New Delhi: Polling for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry began at 7 am today. In the first two hours of polling, 18.3 per cent voting was recorded in Tamil Nadu, 13.5 per cent in Kerala and 9 per cent in Puducherry.
The polling booths witnessed long queues as soon as the voting began. Polling will be held for a total number of 234 seats in Tamil Nadu. However, polling for 2 of the 234 seats will be held on May 23 as there have been complaints of the voters being bribed in these two constituencies.
Polling in Kerala will decide the faith of the 140 legislators. The Assembly elections will see a tough competition mainly between the Congress-led UDF and the CPI-M-led LDF. Also, there are hopes that BJP-led NDA alliance are expected to do well in the polls following campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
More than 9.4 lakh voters will cast their votes to elect 30 representatives in Puducherry. Around 344 candidates are in-line for the seat.
Actors Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa cast their votes.
After casting her vote, Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa said, “In two days, you will know as to what is the judgement of the people.”