MNM seeks scrapping of bypoll in Tamil Nadu’s Sulur after authorities deny permission to Kamal Haasan to campaign

The Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Friday sought calling off the Sulur bypoll scheduled on 19 May after authorities denied permission for party chief Kamal Hassan to campaign in the constituency.

Press Trust of India May 18, 2019 14:23:20 IST
MNM seeks scrapping of bypoll in Tamil Nadu’s Sulur after authorities deny permission to Kamal Haasan to campaign
  • The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Friday sought calling off the Sulur bypoll scheduled on 19 May after authorities denied permission for party chief Kamal Hassan to campaign in the constituency

  • The party said permission was denied citing law and order issues and that many petitions had been sent, requesting denial of permission for the campaign, MNM General Secretary A Arunachalam said

  • Earlier, the Coimbatore police had denied permission to Haasan following a furore over his 'free India's first extremist was a Hindu' remarks

Chennai: The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Friday sought calling off the Sulur bypoll scheduled on 19 May after authorities denied permission for party chief Kamal Hassan to campaign in the constituency.

The party said permission was denied citing law and order issues and that many petitions had been sent, requesting denial of permission for the campaign, MNM General Secretary A Arunachalam said in a petition to the Election Commission of India.

MNM seeks scrapping of bypoll in Tamil Nadus Sulur after authorities deny permission to Kamal Haasan to campaign

File image of MNM chief Kamal Haasan. PTI

Earlier, the Coimbatore police had denied permission to Haasan following a furore over his 'free India's first extremist was a Hindu' remarks, due to which Haasan could not undertake campaigning on Friday.

Arunachalam said permission had been sought for the campaign today and that MNM had been orally informed it would be granted. "Much to our dismay, on 16 May the relevant authority has passed an order, denying permission for our president to campaign on the requested day (17 May) when all arrangements for the campaign were already done, based on the oral assurance.

The permission was denied, citing law and order issues and that many petitions had been sent, requesting denial of permission for the campaign," he said.

Arunachalam said even after Haasan's 12 May election speech at Aravakurichi, where he had made the "free India's first extremist was a Hindu remark was made in reference to Nathuram Godse, there was no violence or law and order breakdown in any of Haasan's campaigns.

Permission was denied on "frivolous grounds," Arunachalam said. "If indeed there was an issue of law and order, then it is responsibility of the authorities to strengthen the security to prevent any law and order issues.”

Denying permission to campaign was a violation of democratic norms, he said, adding officials were duty bound to take proper steps to ensure that the campaign continued.

Rather than take such steps, the authorities had "arbitrarily denied' permission for the campaigning, he said, adding such incidents have forced the party to express anguish and disappointment against the election commission in ensuring free and fair elections.

"Thus we humbly request that the commission and its authorities are indeed of the opinion that public safety and law and order will be compromised in the Slur assembly constituency, then the by-election there should be called off, stating the afore mentioned grounds," he said Arunachalam also submitted a copy of the petition to Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo.

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