Chennai: Stalin complaints against AIADMK for giving money for vote

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MK Stalin
Chennai, April 23: Taking a bold step against Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK, DMK leader MK Stalin on Wednesday, April 23 approached the Election Commission (EC) complaining about alleged distribution of money for vote in Tamil Nadu.

While lodging his complaint to the EC, Stalin said, "AIADMK has been distributing cash for the past 3 days due to fear of losing. AIADMK is giving Rs 3000 per vote."

Continuing his statement, the DMK leader also added, "Imposition of Section 144 is aiding distribution of cash by ruling party but other party cadres are being prevented from stopping this."

AIADMK is giving Rs 3000 per vote due to fear of losing: Stalin

Accusing concerned officials of not taking actions against Jayalalithaa's party workers and leaders, Stalin said, "If EC itself is behaving in a biased manner (then) we do not know who will stop this. The CEO has said that he will look into it and take necessary action but we are not convinced."

Thursday's single-phase polling for 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu would put to litmus test the capabilities of ruling AIADMK, sibling war driven DMK trying to revive its electoral fortunes ahead of 2016 Assembly elections, and BJP's hopes of riding the 'Modi wave' to make a mark after drawing a blank in two previous polls.

AIADM has pumped in all its resources into this high-stake election as it is firm on extending its winning streak since 2011 Assembly polls and propel the party supremo into the national political map to enable her realise her aspirations of playing a greater role.

Dethroned in 2011 and battered by full-blown sibling war between his two sons -- Treasurer M K Stalin and expelled Madurai strongman M K Alagiri -- DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi is working hard to revive the electoral fortunes of his party after consciously dumping its decade-old ally Congress, apparently apprehensive of UPA's anti-incumbency factor.

DMK's success in this election also rests on the stand Karunanidhi's rebellious son Alagiri adopts as the latter has been vocal that DMK candidates, especially in Virudhunagar, Theni and Thanjavur, should lose.

DMK has taken local players like VCK, MMK, IUML and Puthiya Tamizhagam on board in its Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in an apparent bid to net minority and Dalit votes and challenge AIADMK in this election, which is crucial for both Dravidian outfits with the next Assembly polls due in just two years.

BJP, which managed to stitch up a six-party 'rainbow' alliance, roping in cine star-turned-politician Vijayakant's DMDK, Vanniyar community backed PMK among others, expects the combine to pose a hurdle for AIADMK and DMK in some constituencies, having presented a third alternative.

The saffron party, riding on the 'Modi' wave and the support base enjoyed by its allies has been dreaming of sending MPs to the Lok Sabha after a long time from Tamil Nadu, where its run remained on a barren stretch so far after the AIADMK and DMK kept away from it.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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