Pudukottai, June 12 (): Voting for by-polls for the Pudukottai assembly constituency started at 8 am on Tuesday morning.
According to sources it is believed that it was a face-to-face fight, between the AIADMK and the DMDK, which was boycotted by the DMK and rest of the parties.
The DMK has already declared that the reason for its boycotting the polls is because it has no hope of getting justice from the Election Commission. The CPI too has taken a decision that it might not contest the poll keeping in mind the practical weaknesses while facing the by-poll.
The two most important options in front of the Pudukottai voters are the ruling AIADMK candidate Karthik Thondaiman and the opposition party DMDK’s N. Jahir Hussain. Pudukottai constituency has a total of 224 polling booths and more than 190,000 voters to its credit.
The by-poll in Pudukottai was indeed necessary subsequent to the death of CPI legislator SP Muthukumaran in a road accident in the month of April.
A couple of days back while campaigning for the AIADMK candidate in the Pudukottai Assembly constituency, Jayalalithaa blamed the DMK government for the present situation of the state regarding power shortage, to which her government had immensely accelerated the 1000 MW Vallur Thermal Power project.
She also said that first unit has been arranged to initiate production by the month of July and the second one in the month of November followed by the third one later.
Till now, voting has gone off peacefully with voters turning in good response to cast their votes in the by-poll in which both AIADMK and DMDK are intending to show their strength by one more out of the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.
EVMs were put into service for the benefit of polling process in 224 booths in the constituency, to which counting would take place on June 15.