The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Union Minister O. Rajagopal has called for postponing the by-election in the Kannur Assembly constituency in view of widespread complaints about electoral rolls being finalised for the election.

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club here on Sunday, Mr. Rajagopal said that proper examination of the complaints for finalising the voters lists was vital for ensuring a free and fair election in the constituency. Since there was not much time to go for a detailed examination of the complaints to finalise proper electoral rolls, the election authorities had better postpone the by-election in the Kannur constituency in an effort to conduct a free and fair polls here. He said that the fact that 16,000

applications had submitted to the authorities for transfer of votes from neighbouring areas to the constituency within five months after the Lok Sabha elections was a serious issue. This indicated that the

CPI(M) was trying to extensively implement its practice of 'scientific rigging' it had been carrying out in West Bengal, he alleged. He said that all political parties should be given opportunity to study the electoral rolls which were going to be finalised on Monday.

Observing that Congress candidate A.P. Abdullakutty had not yet changed his view that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's approach to development was correct, even after he had joined the Congress

after his expulsion from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for publicly stating that view. Constraints on Mr. Abdullakutty to reiterate his view now were understandable, he said adding that the people, who had no such constraints, could choose between the failed 'developmental strategies' the successive Congress and CPI(M)-led governments in the State, and the BJP that represented the developmental agenda which Mr. Abdullakutty had openly praised.

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