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Poll cancellation, raids condemned

Opposition parties on Wednesday slammed the Election Commission for rescinding the Parliamentary poll to Vellore constituency and accused it of acting as an agent of the ruling party.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko called the rescinding of Vellore polls unprecedented, as there was no proof against DMK candidate Kathir Anand.

He also slammed the I-T raids on DMK candidate Kanimozhi’s place of residence on Tuesday night, and called it an attempt to intimidate her and to defame DMK candidates ahead of polling. He also charged that the BJP was using independent organisations to fulfil its political ambitions.

CPI (M) State secretary K. Balakrishnan said the EC should stop functioning as agents of the ruling AIADMK-BJP combine.

Mr. Balakrishnan asked why no action was taken against the BJP-AIADMK leaders who were indulging in large-scale distribution of money.

VCK president Thol. Thirumavalavan charged that the EC, the Income Tax Department and the police were aiding the AIADMK-BJP alliance that was afraid that the Secular Progressive Alliance was set for a massive win in the elections.

Mr. Thirumavalavan said despite videos of money distribution in Theni, raids at Revenue Minister R.B. Udhayakumar’s room at the MLAs hostel and money distribution by the AIADMK in many places, elections were not cancelled in any other constituency.

‘Partisan attitude’

“By only cancelling the Vellore election, the EC has shown its partisan attitude,” he said.

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee, meanwhile, filed a petition with Elections DGP Ashok Shukla and CEO Satyabrata Sahoo separately, that the party’s Theni candidate E.V.K.S. Elangovan received information that the AIADMK was planning to indulge in booth capturing in Theni after 2 p.m.

In the petition filed by party leader and lawyer R. Dhamodharan, the party asked the Police Department and the EC to ensure that the polls were conducted in a smooth manner.

Article source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/poll-cancellation-raids-condemned/article26869719.ece

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