Yanam recorded the highest percentage of the vote of 91.27% and the region of Mahé recorded the lowest turnout with 73.53%. The ballot was on the whole peaceful
Voters line up outside a polling station in Pondicherry. Image courtesy: Twitter @ ceopuducherry
A high turnout was recorded in the Pondicherry Assembly election on Tuesday, with Congress and its ally DMK engaged in a bitter struggle to regain Union territory.
It is estimated that 81.64% of 10.04 lakh voters cast their vote on Tuesday for the 30 Assembly seats in Union territory.
An official source said that Yanam recorded the highest percentage of the vote of 91.27% and the region of Mahe recorded the lowest turnout at 73.53%. Voting was generally peaceful.
A statement from the health department said 510 COVID-19[female[feminine patients also expressed their openness with full protective gear in the last hour of voting, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pondicherry witnessed a contest between the AINRC-led NDA and the Congress-led Secular Democratic Alliance. While the AINRC fielded candidates in 16 of the total 30 constituencies, the BJP contested nine seats, while the AIADMK contested five.
Yanam, where AINRC leader N Rangasamy competes, recorded a higher percentage of polls than other regions. Congress presented candidates in 14 of the 15 seats; the national party supports an independent in Yanam.
The DMK, its main alliance partner, fielded candidates for 13 seats and the VCK and CPI each run in one constituency.
The election is seen as a crucial battle for both the congressional-led SDA and the NDA, as the former attempts to regain power that it lost just before the election.
The Congress government led by V Narayanasamy in the UT collapsed in February after seven MPs stepped down one after another. Two of these MPs subsequently joined the BJP.
The NDA, led by N Rangasamy, also wants to gain a majority and form the government.
Among the main candidates trying their electoral fortunes are the head of the AINRC and former chief minister N Rangasamy, head of the National Democratic Alliance, the other voters being the BJP and the AIADMK.
Rangasamy is seeking to be elected to the seat of the Thattanchady Assembly in the Pondicherry region as well as to Yanam, an enclave of the UT. The former head of Congress A Namassivayam is vying for a BJP ticket from Manadipet, new ground for him.
Former MOHF ministers Shah Jahan and R Kamalakannanare are the other big names in the fray.
The counting of the votes is scheduled for May 2.
With inputs from PTI