Elections cancelled in Vellore in TN, DMK suspected of bribing voters

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 17, 2019, 10:53 AM

DMK Vellore
Elections in the Vellore constituency, which were due in second phase on April 18, have been cancelled by the Election Commission and the decision has been cleared by President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
The constituency in Tamil Nadu would have witnessed a fight between DMK nine-time MLA Durai Murugan’s son, and first-timer Kathir Anand, pitted against New Justice Party founder A.C. Shanmugam, who is fighting under the symbol of his former party AIADMK. 
 
The reason for the cancellation is being cited as suspicion over the DMK bribing voters, which would “jeopardise the conduct of free and fair elections”. As per reports, tax officials had last week seized around Rs. 11 crore cash from a godown allegedly owned by DMK leader Poonjolai Srinivasan, who is a close adviser of  Murugan. 
 
The Election Commission, in its report to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, said that the election process in the seat “has been seriously vitiated on account of unlawful activities of certain candidates and some members/workers of the political parties”.
 


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