Trichy: Despite being one of the most industrialised assembly constituency, the voter turnout in Thiruverumbur has been poor at 63.53%, lowest among the the six assembly segments under Trichy parliamentary constituency. A sizeable number of the electorate in the constituency working abroad or in other parts of country not turning up to vote was cited as reasons for the poor voter turnout in the last three elections including general elections in 2014 and 2019.
The assembly segment, a mix of urban and rural voters, comprises Thuvakudi municipality, parts of Trichy Corporation, and several panchayats including Navalpattu and Kumbakudi. The constituency is also home to IT park, NIT Trichy, BHEL and Ordnance Factory, accommodating several retired staff who made Trichy their residence. Even as the completely urban constituencies like Trichy West and Trichy East polled around 66%. Many voters, mostly from the minority community, who did not make it to vote are those residing in Gulf countries and youngsters, wards of retired Bhel officials, are either working or studying in tier-I cities. “Eight of my family members work in the Middle East countries.
Leave permission was denied to them and it is quite expensive for them to visit now,” said S Nasar Ali, a voter from Kamaraj Nagar. Former employees of Bhel and OFT have settled in Barakath Nagar and Bhel Nagar in the constituency. Their wards form a good number of electorates in the constituency. However, only a section of them employed in the IT sector across Bengaluru and Chennai returned to vote on Thursday. “Few of my young neighbours despite discussing politics actively on Facebook showed no interest in reaching home to vote,” said K Vinoth, a voter from Thiruverumbur. Election officials, on the other hand, claimed that they conducted awareness drives in the constituency to increase turnout.