In some booths in Chennai, voters who appeared without booth slips were not allowed to enter, which escalated tension.
Polling for the two elections
is otherwise going on as normal, with many political leaders, candidates and eminent personalities casting their votes in the morning. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, BJP leader Tamilisai Soundararajan, and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, apart from eminent film stars Rajinikanth, Ajith and Vijay voted in the morning.
While TN has 39 Parliamentary Constituencies, the election for the Vellore Constituency was rescinded by President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday after authorities seized unaccounted money from one of the political parties there. While polling will be held till 6 pm in other constituencies, it will go on till 8 pm in Madurai, where voters would also attend the Chithirai festival.
Votes are being cast in a total of 66,699 polling stations, which includes 936 model polling stations, said Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo. The Election Commission has declared 8,200 booths as sensitive and vulnerable. Around 1.4 lakh security officials have been posted across the state.