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Peaceful polling in Puducherry, high voter turnout

PUDUCHERRY: Polling to 30 assembly segments in the Union territory of Puducherry began on a brisk note and ended in a peaceful manner, barring a few stray incidents on April 13.

The union territory registered an impressive voters’ turnout of 83.59% with its enclave Yanam in Andhra Pradesh recording 95.46%. Puducherry and Karaikal in Tamil Nadu registered 83.72% and 81.85% respectively, while Mahe in Kerala had a (75.98%) turnout. The figures are likely to go up after the final tally.

A large number of voters, including women queued up before 8am at most of the booths in both urban and rural assembly segments to exercise their franchise.

Though there were not many untoward incidents, tension prevailed for a while at Uppalam constituency when a BSP booth agent protested against the presence of an AIADMK party cadre inside the booth. Heavy posse of policemen and para-military forces were posted at Kalapet constituency from where public works minister MOHF Shahjagan sought re-election. Security personnel were deployed following complaints that the Congress cadres were canvassing votes for the minister on Wednesday morning.

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