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RK Nagar bypoll: AIADMK distributed over Rs 100 cr to voters, DMK tells EC

DMK leader MK Stalin wrote to the EC on Sunday, alleging that the ruling AIADMK has been bribing voters in RK Nagar

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) 

M K Stalin, DMK
DMK working president MK Stalin. Photo: PTI

(DMK) Working President MK Stalin wrote to the (EC) on Sunday, alleging that the ruling has been bribing voters in RK Nagar ahead of the assembly bypoll on December 21.

Stalin, in his letter, also claimed that the colluded with the EC officials and the state police and distributed more than Rs 100 crore among the voters of the assembly constituency to seal votes for its candidate

Stalin also stated that Rs 20 crore have been caught by the DMK party cadres and public, "but the police misreported as if few lakhs of rupees have been seized".

The EC has also not disclosed to the public the actual amount seized, Stalin said.

In light of the incident, he also called for disqualification of candidate E. Madhusudhanan.

"In support of Mr.

E. Madhusudhanan, candidate, the distribution of money has happened in the entire constituency of No.11, Dr. Assembly Constituency in and hence, he must be disqualified forthwith," the letter stated.

The letter further stated that the persons caught by the DMK have been freed by the police without registering a complaint, and that the "officials have deliberately failed in discharging their duty".

Stalin further alleged that the ruling party has been paying Rs.6,000 to each voter as bribe in the current bye-election and was "going out to any extent to bribe the voters in the said constituency," and added that "is not in a position to curb the said illegalities primarily due to the official nexus with the perpetrators of the crime".

"office bearers, State Ministers, AIADMK's MLAs and MPs are personally involved in distribution of money. They use their party men brought from various districts, to distribute money," the letter further read.

The RK Nagar bypoll, necessitated after the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, was earlier scheduled for April 12, but was cancelled following allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam.

Counting of the votes will be held on December 24.

First Published: Mon, December 18 2017. 09:19 IST
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