India Elections : AIADMK meets CEC over Pennagaram assembly by poll

Political activity is building up around the Pennagaram assembly by-poll in Tamil Nadu with an AIADMK delegation calling on Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Navin Chawla Monday, four days after the DMK-Congress-VCK combine met him to ask for elections at the earliest.

A delegation of AIADMK MPs on Monday told the Election Commission that names of over 42,000 voters were deleted from the electoral rolls in Pennagaram assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu where the bypoll has been put on hold by the poll panel.

The MPs from both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha met Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and other Election Commissioners S. Y. Quraishi and V. Sampath and demanded a proper inquiry be conducted regarding the deletion of such a large number of voters.

Originally scheduled to be held Jan 20 this year, the by-poll was postponed to February by the Election Commission upon the representations from the opposition AIADMK, MDMK, PMK, Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

They said the Pongal and Tamil New Year festivals fall during the campaign period and the assembly session would start Jan 6.

They also said the Election Commission had declared the poll date in an undue haste within 21 days of Periannan’s death.

However, the ruling DMK and its ally Congress had opposed the decision.

When the electoral rolls were revised in 2010, several political parties had complained to the Election Commission about the omission of thousands of voters from the list.

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