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DMK appeals ECI to save 'deer' of democracy from 'hunter' BJP

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(DMK) on Sunday appealed the (ECI) to use its Constitutional powers, and save the 'deer' of democracy from the 'hunter' BJP by holding by-polls in 21 assembly seats along with the coming Lok Sabha elections, slated to be held between April-May.

MK said: "In order to have an alliance with AIADMK, Narendra Modi's BJP has assured them for not conducting by-elections in 21 assembly seats along with the Lok Sabha polls." "ECI must save the deer of democracy from the of the BJP dictatorship," he said.

"Without any compromising, I will ask the ECI to use the Constitutional powers to conduct by-elections for 21 assembly constituencies along with Lok Sabha elections," he said.

The said: "If the ECI compromises under any pressure from the BJP-led Central government, a historic error black chapter will be created in the election history of It will lead to the worst consequences. I'd like to warn you!"

On February 8, a delegation headed by of DMK visited the ECI in New Delhi, urging the top electoral body to hold by-polls for 21 assembly seats simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, which will save time and money as well.

"DMK chief MK had asked us to meet the ECI and give representation to them. We submitted a letter stating that by-polls for 21 seats in should be held along with the parliamentary elections," told ANI.

Out of the 21 seats, 18 of them had fallen vacant after the disqualification of All Anna (AIADMK) MLAs who had pledged support to TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified by Assembly The too upheld the validity of the Speaker's decision last year.

The disqualified MLAs were--S Thangatamilselvan (Andipatti), R Murugan (Harur), S (Manamadurai), K Kadirkamu (Periyakulam), (Gudiyattam), P Palaniappan (Pappireddypatti), V (Aravakurichi), S Muthiah (Paramakudi), P Vetrivel (Perambur), NG Pathiban (Sholingur), M Kodandapani (Tiruporur), TA Elumalai (Poonamallee), M Rengasamy (Thanjavur), R Thangadurai (Nilakottai), R Balasubramani (Ambur), SG Subramanian (Sattur), R Sundaraj (Ottapidaram), and (Vilathikulam).

Two seats fell vacant following the demise of former M Karunanidhi (DMK-Tiruvarur) and A K Bose (DMK-Tiruparankundram) last year. P Balakrishna Reddy, who was the sitting MLA from Hosur, was sentenced to three years of imprisonment in a criminal case on January 7 this year.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 21:36 IST