Much before India attained Independence, Madras Presidency was a large swathe of land that included the present-day states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and Kerala (the Malabar region). It, however, excluded the princely states of Puducottai, Banganapalle and Sandur.
[caption id="attachment_56832" align="alignleft" width="223"] Madras Presidency. Source: Wikipedia[/caption]
The capital of this diverse and rich presidency was Madras city, where the first elections took place a little under a 100 years ago. On the occasion of Madras Day, let’s take a look at how the first election panned out in pre-Independent Madras.
Background to the elections
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