Rain dampens polling in K K Nagar, Valasarawakkam

As the clock struck 11 on Monday morning, all over K K Nagar, the dark clouds gave way to rain and dampened the spirits of all those who had walked down to cast their ballot in elections to the Chennai Corporation council.

There were streams of people getting into PSBB School that morning when the rains came and most went into a huddle.

PSBB campus had ten booths – five for men, five for women.

Staff here said the flow had been slow and steady but the rain put the brakes. The poor, wet party volunteers down the road, still at their posts would not have wanted the rains which would keep people home. They huddled at street corners.

In minutes, most roads were flooded. So was Arcot Road as we journeyed down this way, only to face some harsh realities of the city’s civic conditions -  two feet high flood water and lots of potholes beneath that sheet.

Hardly anybody was seen outside the booths in Valasarawakkam as the rain continued and potholed, slushy roads became the immediate concern.

But as the rain weakened, people were seen walking into the vast campus of Lamech School off Arcot Road and the queues began to form.

Policemen though didn’t like people forming groups and chatting. You may recall that some violent clashes had taken place in the past here.

The party cadres were back at their posts as the sun came out by lunchtime but the stream of voters dried up as we did the rounds of Saligramam.

But by 4 p.m. the polling booths got a life of their own. Outside the gates of AVM Avichi School in Saligramam, there were at least 100 people and 50 plus party volunteers. And the police team of 5 at the gate made sure they screened everybody before letting them in.

The polling must have been low and the rains certainly dampened many people for whom Monday was a holiday though the shops on Arcot Road were open and the car parks at Mega Mart and Shoppers Stop stores were packed with Diwali shoppers.


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