The election is a eager contest between the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance and the All India NR Congress (AINRC) led NDA
The Puducherry Legislative Assembly elections 2021 in 4 districts consisting of 30 Assembly constituency will probably be held in a single section tomorrow (6 April, Tuesday).
Puducherry and its outlying areas of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam go to Assembly polls on Tuesday in a single section. There are 30 Assembly segments, together with 5 reserved constituencies.
In 2016 as effectively, the Puducherry Assembly elections passed off on a single day, 16 May. This 12 months, Puducherry polling will probably be carried below the strict COVID-19 protocols.
The election is a eager contest between the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance and the All India NR Congress (AINRC) led NDA.
The AINRC is searching for election from 16 seats after sharing the remaining 14 seats with BJP (9) and AIADMK (4). Similarly, the Congress is contesting in 14 seats and supporting an Independent in Yanam whereas its allies the DMK is searching for election from 13 seats. VCK and CPI constituents of the alliance led by Congress are wooing voters in Oulgaret and Thattanchavady constituencies respectively.
The counting of votes will probably be carried out on 2 May.
Timing of polling
In the single-phase Assembly polls in Puducherry, voting is prone to start at eight am and finish at 6 pm.
Election to be held amid tight safety
In the Union Territory of Puducherry 289 male and 35 ladies candidates are contesting in tomorrow’s Assembly election. AIR experiences as many as 10,04,507 voters will resolve the electoral fortune of the 324 candidates within the fray.
While speaking to the media individuals relating to the election preparations the chief electoral officer Surbir Singh stated that 1,558 polling stations have been arrange in 635 areas within the Union Territory. One all-women polling station will probably be arrange in every Assembly constituency.
According to Hindustan Times, to make sure peaceable polling, 34 firms of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have been deployed in Puducherry. Along with that, the Election Commission has additionally constituted 105 flying squads, 105 static surveillance groups, 26 rolling static surveillance groups, and 35 video surveillance groups.
All polling stations have been supplied with assured minimal amenities, wheelchairs and transport amenities. Brailey poll papers can even be accessible with the presiding officers he stated. Singh additional added that contemplating the COVID-19 pandemic menace, all of the polling stations will probably be sanitized. Voters ought to must put on a face masks.
Thermal scanners, hand sanitisers and hand gloves will probably be accessible and the voters ought to preserve social distancing within the polling station. There are 1,558 management models 1,677 poll models and 1558 VVPATs that will probably be used throughout this election.
Security has additionally beefed up within the UT with 6,835 polling personnel, 4,811 safety personnel alongside 40 firms of CRPF being deployed.
Key candidates and seats
The chief contestants are AINRC founder chief N Rangasamy searching for election from Thattanchavady in Puducherry and the lone seat in Yanam an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh.
He has no sturdy adversary within the hustings in Yanam, ballot observers stated. The PCC president A V Subramanian is searching for election from his dwelling city of Karaikal (north).
The AIADMK convenors A Anbalagan and Om Sakthi Segar are testing their luck in Uppalam and Orleanpet segments respectively. Anbalagan has been holding the Uppalam constituency consecutively since 2001.
Om Sakthi Segar who was elected to the Assembly on two events prior to now from Nellithope has now moved to Orleanth which is new turf for him.
Four former Ministers M O H F Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan are contesting from Kamaraj Nagar, Embalam (reserved) and Tirunallar respectively.
Shahjahan had been contesting from the Kalapet phase all alongside however now he’s fielded by the Congress in Kamaraj Nagar and he’s pitted in opposition to the BJP candidate A John Kumar.
The election witnesses John Kumar and his son Richards combating the ballot on the BJP ticket. Richards is contesting from the Nellithope constituency.
Narayanasamy who headed the Congress authorities right here since 2016 has now opted out of the ballot battle. The Congress has re-fielded its lady nominee Vijayaveny in Nettapakkam and equally, the AINRC has re-fielded B Kobika and Chandrapriyanka in Thirubhuvai (reserved) and Neduncadu (reserved) constituencies respectively.
Yanam is a star constituency because the AINRC chief Rangasamy is contesting there.
It is predicted that Yanam would register the very best proportion of polling due to the laborious work Malladi Krishna Rao, who had been holding the seat since 1996 shouldn’t be nonetheless contesting now.
Malladi Krishna Rao was Health Minister within the final ministry. He, nonetheless, give up the submit of the MLA and the Minister intensifying the disaster for the Congress rule. Anbalagan of AIADMK and his brother A Baskar (additionally belonging to AIADMK) are searching for re-election from the Uppalam and Mudaliarpet constituencies respectively. Anbalagan is going through the problem from the DMK nominee Annibal Kennedy, a former legislator.
Baskar is locking horns with an advocate L Sampath (DMK) a greenhorn in ballot battle in Mudaliarpet. Mannadipet is one other vital phase because the earlier PWD Minister A Namassivayam is contesting on BJP ticket. This is new turf for him as he had all alongside been getting elected from Villianoor his dwelling city. He has been on in depth electioneering in Mannadipet.
With inputs from PTI