Delimitation cost the people of Pudukkottai and Ariyalur districts their own MP as all the Assembly segments from both the districts were attached with other Parliamentary constituencies.
Prospective candidates need to be wary of the NOTA factor as local activists are on an intense campaign to create awareness of the option. In fact, the NOTA could be major villain to many candidates in all the five Lok Sabha constituencies which absorbed the delimited Assembly segments from the two districts.
Earlier, Pudukkottai had six Assembly segments - Aranthangi, Viralimalai, Thirumayam, Alangudi, Gandharvakottai and Pudukkottai. Among the six, Aranthangi has been added to Ramanathapuram LS constituency, while Viralimalai has been listed under Karur. Pudukkottai and Gandharvakottai have been attached with Tiruchy, Alangudi and Thirumayam have been moved to Sivanganga Lok Sabha seat.
Similarly, the three Assembly segments - Kunnam, Ariyalur and Jayankondam – of Ariyalur district were added to Chidambaram constituency.
Soon after the delimitation, voters from both the districts had launched a series of protests and demanded an exclusive Lok Sabha representation. However, their protests went futile as there was no strong political clout available from both the regions.
In a payback to the politicians, voters opted for NOTA, which affected several candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
According to polling data, 10,691 pressed the NOTA button in Pudukkottai district, with the Pudukkottai Assembly segment, which is now with Tiruchy Lok Sabha constituency, recording the highest of 4,406. This was apart from around 30 per cent voters refusing to exercise their franchise.
Similarly, in Ariyalur district – Kunnam, Ariyalur and Jayankondam Assembly constituencies, 5,038 opted for NOTA. In 2014, the total NOTA votes polled in Chidambaram Lok Sabha constituency was 12,138 and the share of NOTA from Ariyalur district was highest.