The voters in Tamil Nadu are queuing up and casting their votes to elect a new government as the polling is underway in the state with around 4000 candidates on the ballots to fill the 234-member assembly. Over 88,000 polling stations have been installed across the state, which has 6.26 crore eligible voters. The polling had begun at 7 am on Tuesday and several celebrities and political leaders had cast their votes in the morning hours of Tuesday.
Most of the notable celebrities have registered their votes when the state is three hours into the polling. While the political leaders are keenly watching the voter turnouts in Tamil Nadu assembly polls, the fans of Kollywood stars are being relished on witnessing the arrival of their favorite actors to the polling stations to cast their votes. Superstar Rajinikanth was one of the first-in-line voters to cast the vote in the state.
Rajinikanth lives in Poes Garden, Chennai which comes under the ambit of the Thousand Lights constituency. The legendary actor, who is now the recipient of India's highest honor for Cinema- Dadashakeb Phalke Award, has registered his vote at the polling station in Stella Maris College, Chennai. According to reports, Rajinikanth arrived at the polling station at around 7.10 am on Tuesday and finished voting within minutes post which he had returned to his residence.
Rajinikanth didn't address the media and left the polling station amid a huge gathering of people with several of them surrounding the actor. Apart from Rajini, several celebrities had cast their votes at their respective polling stations. Veteran actor and President of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan had arrived at Chennai Higher Secondary School, which is his polling station, in Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, and cast his vote.
Kamal Haasan is contesting in the upcoming polls from the Coimbatore South constituency and he is taking on BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan. It is the first legislative election for Kamal's party and he has formed an alliance with actor Sarathkumar's Samathuva Makkal Katchi (SMK) and Paarivendhar's Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK). Kamal Haasan had arrived at the polling station along with his daughters Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan.
Thala Ajith had arrived at a polling station in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai along with his wife Shalini to cast his vote. What has drawn huge attention is that Ajith has become the first to cast the vote in Tamil Nadu as according to reports, he had registered his vote at around 6.55 am, five minutes prior to the scheduled start of polling. Moments after Ajith had cast his vote, actor Vijay had come to cast his vote at a polling station in Neelankarai, which falls under the Shollinganallur constituency.
Vijay had taken many into surprise through his stylish arrival as he arrived at the polling station by bicycle. Vijay was seen wearing a green t-shirt with a face mask and the visuals of his arrival are getting widely shared on social media. Vijay's arrival on a bicycle had also stirred a Twitter trend with many fans claiming that he has arrived on a bicycle to show his protest against the hike in petrol and diesel prices.
Veteran actor Sivakumar's family including his sons and actors Suriya and Karthi had cast their votes in a polling booth in T Nagar. Actor Sivakarthikeyan had registered his vote at a polling station in Valasarawakkam while actors Prabhu and Vikram Prabhu had cast their votes in T Nagar. Actors Arun Vijay, Vimal, Sibiraj, Ganesh Venkatraman, Vishnu Vishal, and Prasanna had registered their votes at their respective polling booths in Chennai.
They had shared the pictures on social media after casting the votes in a mark to appeal to the voters to cast their votes. Along with the actors, several political leaders had also cast their votes within four hours of the commencement of polling. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had registered his vote at a polling station in Siluvampalayam in Salem district while Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam had cast his vote in Theni district.
DMK President MK Stalin had cast the vote in Teynampet, Chennai along with his family including Udhayanidhi Stalin and DMDK leader Premalatha Vijayakanth had cast her vote in Kauvery school in Saligramam, Chennai. BJP's candidate for the Thousand Lights Assembly seat Khusbhu Sundar had registered her vote at a private school in Mandhaiveli, Chennai. Speaking to the media, she said, "We have found people from DMK distributing money to voters. We have complained to the Election Commission. DMK would want to win by hook or by crook."
Naam Tamilar Katchi's Chief Coordinator Seeman had cast his vote in Chennai so is actor Sarathkumar and his wife Radhika Sarathkumar. According to reports, the polling is going very active in Tamil Nadu with several people queuing up to the polling booths across the state. Apart from these actors and political leaders, Lt-Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararajan, Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, and Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan had also cast their votes. The polling will come to an end by 7 pm on Tuesday and the votes will be counted on May 2, during which the results will be announced. Along with Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry are also going through the assembly polls.
Superstar Rajinikanth, MNM Chief Kamal Haasan, DMK President MK Stalin, and Naam Tamilar's Seeman cast their votes as Tamil Nadu votes to elect the new government in the state. #TNAssemblyElections2021 #TNElection #TNElectionsIWithTheNewStuff @thenewstuffin pic.twitter.com/K0I3jep4he— Alagu muthu eswaran (@AMeswaran) April 6, 2021
Actors Suriya, Karthi, Sivakarthikeyan, Arun Vijay, and Sibiraj cast their votes at their respective polling stations in Chennai as polling of the crucial assembly election is underway in Tamil Nadu.#TNElection #TamilNaduElections2021 #TNElectionsWithTheNewStuff @thenewstuffin pic.twitter.com/YXip4EFxl1— Alagu muthu eswaran (@AMeswaran) April 6, 2021
We have found people from DMK distributing money to voters. We have complained to the Election Commission. DMK would want to win by hook or by crook: Khushbu Sundar, BJP candidate from Thousand Lights Assembly constituency, Chennai#TamilNaduElections pic.twitter.com/RQp6DczJoZ— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2021