Serpentine queues were seen in a cross section of booths amidst strict vigil by state police and Central Armed Force personnel. The Election Commission had identified 22 of the 230 voting booths as vulnerable. CPI's C Mahendran and social activist, 'Traffic' Ramaswamy are also in the fray.

The by-election was necessitated following AIADMK's P Vetrivel vacating the seat in May, apparently to enable Jayalalithaa seek re-election. Jayalalithaa has to fulfill the constitutional requirement of getting elected as MLA within six months of becoming Chief Minister.

She returned to the top post on May 23 after being acquitted in a wealth case by the Karnataka High Court. She had been convicted in the case in September last by a trial court in Bengaluru.

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