No possibility of postponing polls in Tamil Nadu: Quraishi

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New Delhi, Mar 4: The Election Commission on Friday, Mar 4 ruled out postponing the Apr 13 Assembly elections in Tamil Nad as demanded by major political parties, including the Opposition AIADMK, saying every issue was factored in before announcing the poll schedule.

Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said it was advisable to stick to the poll schedule announced by the Commission on Tuesday as it was arrived at after taking into account the situation in all states that are going to polls.

"We had taken every possibility into account...we have taken into account also the other states which are going to it will be advisable to stick to that," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"There is no possibility," he said in response to a question whether there is a possibility of postponing the polls.

His comments assume significance in the wake of political parties demanding that the Election Commission postpone the election schedule in Tamil Nadu as Apr 13 comes in the middle of exam and festival season.

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had yesterday shot off a letter to Quraishi asking him to consider postponing the elections. In reply to a question, he said he received a letter in this regard only from Jayalalithaa.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had on Wednesday expressed reservations over the poll schedule and rued that the Commission did not discuss with the ruling party before announcing the dates.

Quraishi rejected the contention of the political parties that the poll campaign would disturb students, saying the Commission had already issued an order banning use of loudspeakers within 200 metres from school premises across the state.

"We have issued that order...anyways, the campaign will be a low-noise affair. So, there is no problem," he said.

Quraishi said, "the Commission decided the schedule after detailed discussion with stakeholders concerned."


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