TN polls: Politicians point fingers at each other, allege corruption

This came in the backdrop of postponed polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur after alleged exchange of cash for votes
TN polls: Politicians point fingers at each other, allege corruption
TN polls: Politicians point fingers at each other, allege corruption
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Tamil Nadu went to the polls for all but two constituencies on Monday as the Election Commission postponed polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur against the backdrop of alleged exchange of cash for votes.

All party leaders in the state pointed fingers at each other and alleged that there was widespread distribution of money.

BJP Tamil Nadu president Tamilisai Soundararajan said, "I cannot agree that irregularities have happened only in these two (Aravakurichi, Thanjavur) constituencies when such an ambience was widely prevalent".

"Are not the candidates who distributed money going to fight polls again?" she told reporters, adding "candidates in such constituencies should be disqualified".

CPI(M) State Secretary G Ramakrishnan said despite efforts of the Election Commission, "unprecedented money distribution has happened".

"Disqualify them and that will be correct and a good precedent," he added.

Meanwhile, PMK leader S Ramadoss on Sunday said "The Election Commission has postponed the elections in Aravakurichi citing distribution of money to the voters. This means EC has openly admitted the distribution of money."

Claiming that action of the Election Commission in postponing the election in one constituency will not "bear any fruit", he said PMK had been demanding action against distribution of money since the elections were announced.

Alleging that money was distributed in all constituencies, he urged the Election Commission to disqualify candidates of DMK and AIADMK and postpone the polls.

While chief minister Jayalalithaa is yet to comment on the incident, the DMK has demanded a CBI probe.

Vijayakant in an interview with The News Minute, also alleged that the AIADMK and the DMK offered him money, which he refused.

In Kerala, CPI (M) leader MM Mani landed in a controversy, for allegedly smuggling in voters from Tamil Nadu.

It was alleged that voters had been brought from across the state border in vehicles with Tamil Nadu registration plates at the Bodimettu checkpost in Idukki, in a bid to give the Left a much needed fillip over their political rivals in the district.

The Congress has reportedly filed a complaint with the state Election Commission in this regard.

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