DMK cries foul as Thanjavur polls are again delayed

RSTV Bureau
DMK Leader Karunanidhi releasing his party's manifesto in Chennai

File photo of DMK chief Karunanidhi releasing his party’s manifesto in Chennai.

A day after Election Commission deferred polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu by three weeks, DMK chief M Karunanidhi has alleged a conspiracy. Karunanidhi threatened to launch an agitation if the polls were not held on May 23.

“If elections are not held as per schedule (on May 23), I myself will launch an agitation saying that this was a deliberate move,” warned the DMK chief.

The polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies were originally scheduled to be held on May 16 along with other constituencies in Tamil Nadu, but were deferred till May 23 because of charges of bribing of voters. On Friday the EC decided to delay them by another 3 weeks after BJP and PMK moved the High Court seeking a further delay.

EC made a submission in the High Court about further deferring the polls when petitions were filed by BJP candidate from Thanjavur and PMK candidate from Aravakurichi, came up for hearing.

“This is a deliberate conspiracy being hatched against DMK. How many seats have BJP and PMK won? Should not the opinion of DMK, which is contesting there, be sought,” Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai, visibly miffed at the EC’s decision.

The results of the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu revealed that both BJP and the PMK failed to even win a single seat.

Karunanidhi further alleged that that the EC was working at the behest of AIADMK and sent a petition to the EC to hold the polls on May 23.

He alleged that the EC’s decision to further defer the polls on the pleas of BJP and PMK was “a planned conspiracy.”

Huge amounts of unaccounted money of over Rs 100 crore had been seized in the state ahead of polling.

(With inputs from PTI)