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Not possible to change polling date in southern TN: EC to HC

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

The Thursday informed the it was not possible to postpone the elections, scheduled for April 18 in Tamil Nadu, in southern districts of the state, as requested through a PIL.

The petition said the polling date clashed with a famous festival here that draws lakhs of people and hence would affect polling percentage.

When the Public Interest Litigation came up for hearing before the bench of the high court, the appearing for the told Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar the poll duration could be extended by two hours but postponement was not possible.

The bench said it was not convinced by the EC stand and directed the to file a counter affidavit Friday.

The petitioner, Parthasarathy, sought change of polling date in five southern districts, including Madurai, citing the two-week long "Chithirai festival" of the ancient Goddess Meenakshi Amman temple, which runs from April 8 to April 22 with two key events slated for April 17 and 18.

He said lakhs of people from five southern districts would converge in this temple town for the festival and it would affect the polling percentage in the region.

Earlier, the bench asked the for the whether it would be possible to hold the elections on April 18 when the festival was on.

The submitted the poll duration could be extended by two hours but it was not possible to postpone the election either in the entire state or these southern districts as April 19 was a public holiday.

The had Wednesday stated that lakhs of people would visit the city for the key events of the festival here from April 17 to 19.

On April 18, when the will be held, the event would be witnessed by an influx and exit of around two lakh people, he had said.

The also said three lakh devotees from all over the state would visit the temple city during the three days.

He has also said 59 polling booths were located in the Chitrai Street, through which the Meenakshi Amman would traverse.

The petitioner said he had sent a representation to the EC through the

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 23:00 IST