MK Stalin flays EC for not announcing bypolls in two Tamil Nadu constituencies, citing 'monsoon' as reason

Claiming that the ruling AIADMK was afraid of facing elections, MK Stalinn accused it of avoiding the by-polls through the Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan.

Press Trust of India October 07, 2018 22:50:30 IST
MK Stalin flays EC for not announcing bypolls in two Tamil Nadu constituencies, citing 'monsoon' as reason

Chennai: DMK chief MK Stalin Sunday flayed the Election Commission (EC) for not announcing by-elections to two Tamil Nadu assembly constituencies citing monsoon as the reason and said it was not a 'justifiable' decision.

Expressing 'surprise' at the EC's decision, he said by-elections had been held in the state in the past during the North East Monsoon season, between October-December.

"The by-poll for RK Nagar constituency, held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of late chief minister Jayalalithaa, was conducted only during the monsoon season in December 2017," he pointed out.

MK Stalin flays EC for not announcing bypolls in two Tamil Nadu constituencies citing monsoon as reason

File image of DMK leader MK Stalin. PTI

The EC while announcing poll schedule for five states and by-elections in Karnataka Saturday had said Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan had written a letter asking the commission not to announce the poll dates as there was forecast of cyclones and rains in the state.

"The EC putting off by-polls citing a letter by the state chief secretary and the monsoon does not appear to be a unbiased and justifiable decision," Stalin said in a
statement.

By-polls are due in Thiruvarur and Thirupparankundram Assembly constituencies which fell vacant following the demise of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on 7 August and AIADMK MLA AK Bose on 2 August respectively.

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat had said the EC would announce the by-poll after ascertaining the situation.

Stalin said by-polls for three assembly constituencies in the state when Jayalalithaa was hospitalised in 2016 were also held during monsoon season in November.

Claiming that the ruling AIADMK was afraid of facing elections, he accused it of avoiding the by-polls through the Chief Secretary.

Senior AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai sought to dismiss the Opposition party's charge and said the EC was an independent and powerful body which none can influence.

Defending the Chief Secretary's communication, Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar said in Madurai that the government has the responsibility to apprise the commission of the prevailing situation in the state.

Updated Date:

also read

Watch: Flock of painted stork visit Tamil Nadu sanctuary, see picturesque sight here
India

Watch: Flock of painted stork visit Tamil Nadu sanctuary, see picturesque sight here

IAS Supriya Sahu, who is the Additional Chief Secretary of Environmental Climate Change and Forests, shared the video on her Twitter account.

Happy Pongal 2022: Find wishes, messages and greetings to share with friends and family
India

Happy Pongal 2022: Find wishes, messages and greetings to share with friends and family

This festival is one of the most important festivals for Tamilians around the world and those celebrating this festival, prepare freshly harvested rice with jaggery and milk in a new clay pot

Tamil Nadu allows Jallikattu despite COVID-19 surge: Only 300 tamers allowed, negative RT-PCR mandatory
India

Tamil Nadu allows Jallikattu despite COVID-19 surge: Only 300 tamers allowed, negative RT-PCR mandatory

Tamil Nadu, which has witnessed a steep rise in coronavirus cases over the past few days, on Sunday reported 12,895 new cases while its active infections touched 51,335.