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SC asks EC to respond to DMK's plea on by-polls in TN on three vacant seats

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday asked the (EC) to respond to DMK's plea seeking a direction for holding by-elections in three vacant assembly seats in

A bench of and S A Nazeer issued notice to the EC and asked it to file reply within two weeks.

(DMK) is seeking by-polls for Tiruparankundram, Ottapidaram and Aravakurichi assembly constituencies.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for DMK, told the bench that there are 21 vacant assembly seats in the state but the poll panel has notified by-polls for only 18 seats.

He said by-polls on 18 seats are scheduled to be held on April 18 along with the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

"It is a bizzare approach. On 18 vacant seats you (EC) are having by-elections and on three seats you are not having by-elections," Singhvi said.

The EC said that as per his instructions, by-polls for the three seats were not announced as some election petitions were pending in the

"We (EC) have notified the Lok Sabha elections. By-election (for three seats in Tamil Nadu) can be held later," the EC's said.

When the EC's referred to the pending petitions, Justice said: "Those election petitions are a bogey. There is nothing in the election petitions. I think there is some poor advice somehwere."

When the poll panel's counsel said he needed two weeks to respond to DMK's plea, Singhvi said the matter should be listed for hearing on March 25.

"Do not rush up like this. We do not agree with you that by-election cannot be held later," the bench told Singhvi.

To this, Singhvi said, "Why cannot he (EC counsel) take instructions within a week?".

At this juncture, Justice told Singhvi, "You have such a good case, why you are in a hurry. In two weeks time, do you think voters would turn against you?"

The responded saying, "Yes. It is possible. Two weeks is a long time in politics".

DMK has also made a representation to the poll panel for holding by-polls to the three vacant seats.

Chief Electoral Officer had recently said that by-polls are not scheduled for the Tiruparankundram, Ottapidaram and Aravakurichi constituencies as election petitions are pending in the

The Ottapidaram constituency is represented by disqualified AIADMK MLA Sundararaj, while Aravakurichi is represented by Senthil Balaji, an who is now with the DMK.

Thiruparankundram A K died last year.

Petitions challenging their elections are pending in the

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 19:50 IST