The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has appealed to voters in Pennagaram to teach the DMK-Congress alliance a lesson for its alleged misuse of power and money, in the March 27 Assembly by-election.

In a statement here on Wednesday, CPI (M) State secretary G. Ramakrishnan alleged that the ruling party was luring voters with money and gifts besides preventing opposition parties from campaigning in a democratic manner.

It was regrettable that the Chief Electoral Officer had openly admitted that it was difficult for the Election Commission to prevent parties from distributing money to voters.

Condemning the attitude of the ruling party combine, the State executive of the CPI (M) said as agriculture had failed in Pennagaram constituency, people were forced to migrate to neighbouring States for jobs.

No worthwhile schemes had been implemented in the constituency to stop the migration, solve acute drinking water shortage, drought situation and unemployment problem. No step had been taken for speedy execution of the Hogenakkal drinking water supply scheme for Dharmpauri district.

The ruling party, with the 2011 Assembly elections in its mind, was “violating” poll laws and trying to “purchase” voters. The CPI (M) urged voters to thwart the misuse of power and utilisation of money being made by the DMK-Congress combine by voting for the AIADMK candidate, the statement added.

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