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Brisk polling till noon, top leaders among early voters

Thiruvananthapuram: Brisk polling was on in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala where about 40 per cent of an estimated 2.43 crore electorate cast their votes till noon Thursday.

The voter enthusiasm was high right from the start in northern constituencies like Kannur, Kasargode and Vatakara, electoral authorities said here.

Top leaders who have cast their votes included Defence Minister A K Antony (Thiruvananthapuram), Marxist stalwart V S Achuthanandan (Alappuzha) and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Kottayam.

Voting begins in all 20 constituencies of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Polling began in all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala today.

Voters began to trickle in most of the polling stations as soon as polling opened at 7 am, to choose their representatives for the 16th Lok Sabha.

At many booths, voters queued up well before the start of polling. Voting will take place in 21,424 polling stations and over 2.42 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise.

Voting arrangements in full swing in state

Thiruvananthapuram: The authorities have made all arrangements for voting in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala Thursday where about 2.42 crore electorate are expected to decide the poll fate of 269 candidates.

A tight security cover has been thrown in 21,424 polling booths across the state deploying more than 52,000 police personnel, state's Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Natto told reporters giving detils of the arrangements made for polling.

Stage set, leaders ready to vote in LS polls

Thiruvananthapuram: Political leaders in Kerala have started moving to the places where they are registered as electors, as the state votes for its 20 Lok Sabha seats in a single phase Thursday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his wife and two daughters and son will vote in their hometown of Puthupally in Kottayam district.

Chandy told IANS his youngest daughter came in from Dubai to cast her vote, while his son arrived from Delhi. His eldest daughter lives with the family in Kerala.

Proud moment for Government Law College with 10 alumni in poll fray

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Thiruvananthapuram: As Kerala goes to poll tomorrow, a 139-year-old law institution in the capital city has a reason to cheer, as about 10 of its alumni are in the fray as candidates of various political parties.

Union Minister and IUML veteran E Ahamed, seeking his seventh innings in Parliament from the northern district of Malappuram, is the senior most among the candidates, who traces their educational roots to the Government Law College.

EC initiates inquiry against Shashi Tharoor

Thiruvananthapuram: The Election Commission has initiated an inquiry against Shashi Tharoor, sitting MP and Congress candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, based on the complaint filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left, accusing him of meeting pastors and bribing them in order to garner Christian votes.

“The district collector, who is in charge of the returning officer, has been directed to initiate further actions against Shashi Tharoor on the complaints,” Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Netto told reporters here.

CBI collects details of land grab cases

Kochi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun to collect the details from the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau as part of taking over the Kadakampally and Kalamassery land-grab cases.

The move is in the wake of the High Court order handing over the cases to the CBI.

Delivering the 132-page judgement while allowing petitions in the land grabbing cases, the High Court March 28 had directed the CBI to complete the probe within nine months from the date of taking over the case.

Kerala goes to polls tomorrow

 Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Nato speaks to reporters.

Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 269 candidates are in the fray in the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala where over 2.42 crore voters are expected to head to polling booths Thursday.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Nalini Netto has said all arrangements have been made for the smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha polls in the State.

Campaign for LS polls ends in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: A gruelling campaign for April 10 Lok Sabha elections ended Tuesday with top national leaders raising the battle to a feverish pitch in the final lap as Congress-led UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF are locked in a fierce combat in all 20 seats across the state.

Road shows and street-corner meetings took place in every cranny of the state till the dying moments of the deadline set for electioneering.

Advani unsure of BJP notching up majority on its own

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP veteran L K Advani Tuesday said he was not sure whether his party on its own will get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha polls but exuded confidence that NDA will emerge victorious and form the next government.

"If the BJP will get a clear majority or not, this I will not be able to say. But we are sure it will the highest-ever we have got and the next government will be formed by the NDA," Advani told reporters on his arrival here.