Polling in 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu is underway since 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
The Election Commission has said that it will be conducting the polls with due COVID-19 health protocols such as checking the temperature of voters.
In Tamil Nadu, which faces a five-cornered battle, the AIADMK-led alliance with Edappadi K. Palaniswami as its Chief Ministerial face is seeking a renewed mandate. DMK president M.K. Stalin, heading a rainbow alliance, is making a strong pitch to form a government with him as Chief Minister for the first time. There is also T.T.V. Dhinakaran-led AMMK in alliance with DMDK and AIMIM. Tamil nationalist party Naam Tamilar Katchi and new entrant Makkal Needhi Maiam are also in the fray.
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Polling ends for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021. Those who were in queue and issued tokens and COVID-19 patients alone will be allowed to cast their votes.
DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi, who is being treated for COVID-19, on Tuesday voted at a polling station here by wearing the Personal Protective Equipment kit.
Also, a number of others being treated for the virus voted here and in other parts of Tamil Nadu.
Ms. Kanimozhi, also DMK's women's wing secretary, arrived in an ambulance from the hospital where she is being treated for the infection and voted with the PPE kit on. She had tested positive for the virus on April 3.
Ahead of the arrival of people infected with the coronavirus, all personnel in polling stations donned the PPE kits and facilitated their voting.
The premises were sanitised later.
The last hour (6 pm-7 pm) of polling was earmarked for COVID-19-infected voters or those suspected to be infected by the virus.
The total number of people, who chose to vote using PPEs despite being infected by the virus, is not known immediately.
Tamil Nadu has polled 63.65% till 5 pm
Polling was largely peaceful in the city across constituencies, on Tuesday. The city police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal was seen visiting every sensitive area and issued instructions to police personnel on the ground to ensure the smooth conduct of polls.
Mr. Aggarwal told The Hindu, "We have made elaborate arrangements across the city. All norms of Election Commission are strictly followed. No untoward incident was reported so far. Polling was largely peaceful without any incident." He distributed refreshments to police personnel who were on duty in Royapuram and Harbour, and handed over masks to those who were found not wearing in premises.