High turnout in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry by-polls (Roundup)

Chennai, Nov 19 (IANS) Demonetisation issues did not deter voters in three assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu and the lone one in Puducherry in coming out in large numbers to exercise their constitutional right.

According to Election Commission officials polling came to an end at 5 p.m. in all the four constituencies.

While Thirupparankundram saw around 85 per cent polling, Aravakkurichi saw a turnout of around 81 per cent.

However, Thanjavur recorded around 69 percent polling.

In Puducherry’s Nellithope constituency where Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy is contesting, the polling percentage was around 85.

The figures are provisional as the Election Commission has to collate the final figures.

Brisk and peaceful polling was witnessed in all the constituencies.

In Aravakkurichi, ruling AIADMK’s V. Senthil Balaji is fighting against the DMK’s K. C. Palanisamy while at Thirupparankundram the AIADMK’s A. K. Bose is facing DMK’s P. Saravanan.

In Thanjavur, the AIADMK’s M. Rengasamy is pitted against the DMK’s Anjugam Bhoopathy.

In Thirupparankundram, the by-election has been necessitated by the death of AIADMK’s legislator S. S. Seenivel.

While there are other parties in the fray, the contest is mainly between the AIADMK and the DMK in Tamil Nadu.

In Puducherry’s Nellithope, Congress leader Narayanasamy is contesting against AIADMK nominee Om Shakthi Segar.

Counting of votes will be held on November 22.