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EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT: Women queuing up to cast their vote in Tuticorin on Monday. Photo N.Rajesh
EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT: Women queuing up to cast their vote in Tuticorin on Monday. Photo N.Rajesh

Staff Reporter

To prepare development policies

Tuticorin: Eight persons were designated to the District Planning Committee in the elections held at the Collectorate on Monday, amidst tight security.

In the contest to the posts, five were elected from among the District Panchayat ward members and three from the ward members and councillors of 19 Town panchayats, two municipalities and a third grade municipality in the district.

Those elected were A. Athishttaraj, Subbhulakshmi, S. Thiruparkadal, R. Manoj, K. Revathy (all district panchayat ward members), C. Ramesh (Ward Member, Eral Town Panchayat), J. Suresh (Councillor, Tuticorin Municipality) and V. Jeyavel (Ward Member, Pudur Town Panchayat).

A total of 15 candidates were in the fray for eight posts in the committee, which is an apolitical body headed by the Chairperson of District Panchayat, who acts as ex-officio Chairman of the committee.

The District Collector is the ex-officio Vice-Chairman of the committee. MPs, MLAs, Chairmen of panchayat unions, Chairmen of municipalities and the presidents of town panchayats in the district will be special invitees to the committee, whenever the meetings were convened.

Official sources said that the committee would prepare and forward development plans for the district to the State Government.

Denied entry

Tension prevailed for a while in the morning when the polling was on, as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadres protested the `partisan stance' of the police.

They staged a vocal protest when the police allowed some of the office bearers of the district unit of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam into the Collectorate building, who were not connected with the election exercise, though they prevented the AIADMK cadres from entering.

They argued in vain with the police for ensuring their entry too.

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