The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, who cast her vote at around 9 am, said: “I request all the political parties and the public to cooperate with the EC for a peaceful voting. I do not wish to give any other remark now and will reserve them till the results are out.”

Voting is presently underway in all the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies of Tamil Nadu where the electoral fate of several high-profile leaders is at stake.

A whole of 845 candidates are in the reckoning from here, including 55 women. Security has been stepped up at each and every polling booth in the state to ensure peaceful and hassle-free elections.

Former union ministers TR Baalu, Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja, Mani Shankar Iyer and DMK leader Kanimozhi are some of the high profile candidates, whose electoral fate would be decided in this phase.

Karti Chidambaram, the son of Finance Minister P Chidambaram, is contesting from Shivaganga after his father took a decision to not contest the polls.

Superstars Rajnikanth (Chennai) and Kamal Hassan (Alwarpeth), Kanimozhi (Chennai), Actor Ajith and wife Shalini (Thiruvanmiyur), P Chidambaram and son Karti Chidambaram (Shivaganga) were some of the noted names that exercised their franchisee early in the day.

After casting his vote, Chidambaram seemed confident about his son’s chances and rejected any notion of a wave in favour of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the state.

“There is no Modi wave in Tamil Nadu. His speeches are empty rhetoric, while we have spoken to people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karti after casting his vote said, “I am super confident about the win. We have had a first class campaign as compared to the Dravidian parties. The latter have their own regional channels and are restricted to their offices. But we met people one on one and discussed their issues.”

(JPN)

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