As Tamil Nadu went to the polls on Monday, voting in 232 of the total 234 assembly constituencies in the state, Chennai saw many prominent figures including politicians and actors exercise their rights at certain VIP polling booths set up in the city.
The polling booths in Gopalpuram and Stella Maris college on Cathedral road saw a red carpet reception for the VIPs that turned up.
Two tents were also set up for the VIP voters.
The Times of India reported:
DMK chief Karunanidhi cast his vote at Sri Sarda Secondary School in Gopalapuram. Rajinikanth exercised his franchise at Stella Maris College in Chennai while Ajith Kumar and his wife Shalini cast their votes at the Government School on Kuppam Beach Road in Thiruvanmiyur. Kamal Haasan cast his vote at Corporation School in Teynampet, and chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni cast his vote at DG Vaishnava College.
Heavy security was deployed at Stella Maris, where chief minister Jayalalithaa was going to cast her vote. Besides barricades and over 50 police personnel, the booth also saw additional squad of around 30 personnel for the chief minister.
Both Jayalalithaa and Rajinikanth were allowed to go inside the venue with their cars.