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Disallow Stalin, 4 others of DMK from contesting TN Assembly polls: AIADMK

The ruling AIADMK urged the Chief Electoral Officer to 'cancel' the candidature of DMK president MK Stalin and four others of his party for the April 6 Assembly polls, alleging 'distribution of cash'

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Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President and Leader of Opposition MK Stalin speaks to media representatives after boycotting the Governor's address and walking out from Tamil Nadu Assembly session, at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai. PTI
MK Stalin

The ruling on Monday urged

the Chief Electoral Officer to 'cancel' the candidature of DMK president M K Stalin and four others of his party for the April 6 Assembly polls, alleging 'distribution of cash' to voters.

Associates of Stalin, who is contesting from Kolathur constituency here have been 'distributing a sum of Rs 5,000 to voters,' party's joint secretary of the advocate's wing, R M Babu Murugavel alleged in a petition to the CEO, Tamil Nadu, Satyabrata Sahoo.

Women self-help groups were 'paid' Rs 10,000 each to act, canvass and cast votes in Stalin's favour and voters were remitted Rs 5,000 through mobile payments app 'G-Pay,' he alleged.

It was 'shocking' that despite repeated complaints from the and others persons in the constituency no effort was taken by officials to stop distribution of cash for votes, the functionary alleged in the petition.

DMK nominee Stalin was involved in 'corrupt' practices which called for his 'disqualification' from contesting polls, he claimed.

"Hence the Election Commission should cancel the candidature of under the plenary powers of the Commission under Article 324 of the Constitution and the Representation of People Act."


Making similar allegations against DMK nominees Udhayanidhi Stalin (Chepauk-Triplicane), E V Velu (Tiruvannamalai), K N Nehru (Tiruchirappalli West), and Duraimurugan (Katpadi), the AIADMK wanted all their candidatures to be 'cancelled.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, April 05 2021. 16:54 IST
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