DMK distributing money to voters: AIADMK complains to CEC

DMK distributing money to voters: AIADMK complains to CEC

In a complaint sent to Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and state Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar, the party sought deployment of central forces to check vehicles to prevent large-scale transportation of money by DMK candidates.

"The DMK partymen are also distributing money on the pretext of handing over booth slips to the voters," AIADMK Advocates' Wing Secretary Manoj Pandian said in his complaint.
Alleging "large-scale poll violations", it said, "... unfortunately the officials and subordinates of the Election Commission are only mute spectators."

The complainant referred to reports in a section of media that DMK's Aruppukottai candidate KKSSR Ramachandran had distributed money to voters.

"Though EC is keen on curbing money power in elections, officials and subordinates to the Election Commission are hesitant to initiate any action against DMK men who are responsible for distributing money in Virudhunagar district as well as other parts of Tamil Nadu," Pandian alleged.

There was "reliable information" that DMK was taking advantage of power cuts during nights and distributing cash to voters under the cover of darkness, he said.