Chennai, May 18:
The polling by-elections to four constituencies in Tamil Nadu is all set to take place on Sunday, amidst heavy deployment of around 16,000 personnel.
The outcome of the by-polls to a total of 22 seats will decide the future political course in Tamil Nadu as the results would determine the continuance of the two year-old Palaniswami government.
While by-elections to 18 seats were held on April 18, along with the 38 Lok Sabha segments, four others–Sulur, Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram and Thiruparankundram go to the polls on May 19.
On Friday, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said 137 candidates are in the fray in the four Assembly segments, with Aravakurichi topping at 63 MLA aspirants.
A total of 15,939 police personnel will be on duty to avert any law and order issues, he told reporters here.
“The heavy police deployment is to ensure there is no law and order issue,” he said.
Further, 5508 polling personnel will be on duty, he said.
Since the model code of conduct came into effect on March 10, a total cash Rs 156 crore had been seized by EC teams, he said.
Besides, the Income Tax department had recovered Rs 79.75 crore, he added.
Of the Rs 156 crore, Rs 114.5 crore has been returned to the owners. while the balance amount of Rs 42.36 crore “is still under investigation,” Sahoo added.