TN Local body polls: Second and final phase of the polls ends with a clash between DMK, ADMK, and AMMK!

The second and final phase of the rural local body polls in Tamil Nadu that were held on Saturday in the nine newly demarcated districts had ended up witnessing a clash between the cadres of DMK, ADMK, and AMMK parties. The tussles were reported in the outskirts of Chennai and in Vellore districts and the incident had attracted heavy police deployments in these high-risk areas.

The first phase of the polls was held on October 6 and the second phase was held on Saturday in the districts of Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Ranipet, Vellore, Thirupathur, Tirunelveli, and Tenkasi. Amid a good turnout of votes, the polling was tensed and untoward incidents were reported from the polling stations as the cadres of the rival parties had picked up a brawl, that ended with the halting of the voting process. 

According to reports, a DMK cadre, who was under the influence of alcohol, had reportedly stabbed an ADMK cadre after an altercation at a polling booth in ward 9 in Anaikatu in the Vellore district. The incident had happened around 4.15 pm over the charges of bogus voters at the polling booth. After sustaining injuries, the ADMK cadre was rushed to Anaicut government hospital for further treatments.

The voting process took a halt and it was resumed after the security apparatus was enhanced. The Vellore Superintendent of Police had said that both the cadres belong to the same area and they already had a feud over family issues. The Anaicut police department had booked a case and launched a manhunt to apprehend the DMK cadre, who stabbed his rival. Kancheepuram had reported a similar incident where the DMK and AMMK had indulged in a clash in Gerugambakkam during the polls and the incident had injured AMMK's candidate and ten others.

It had happened in Indira Nagar, Gerugambakkam and the cadres of both the DMK and AMMK had thrown chilli powder on each other, disrupting the area and the clash was contained by the police officers stationed there and several police officers were called on for security as the voting had resumed. On the other hand, the polling for the union councillor post was cancelled in Puducheri village in Kundrathur union in the Kancheepuram district after the PMK cadres found their party symbol and candidate name were not on the ballot papers.

The Tamil Nadu Election Commission has announced that the second phase of the local body polls had recorded 73.27 per cent of voter turnout in nine districts. The votes will be counted on October 12 and the results will be declared on the same day. In total, the elections were held in nine districts for 27,003 postings, including 2,901 village panchayat presidents' posts and 22,581 village panchayat ward councillors. A total of 76,59,720 voters are eligible to cast their vote in the two-phased polls.