J. Venkatesan

Decision based on poll official's assessment of situation in constituency

  • Not satisfied with police action
  • DMK, AIADMK pulled up for violations

    New Delhi: Taking a serious view of the incidents in the Madurai Central Assembly constituency, the Election Commission on Monday ordered the transfer of Madurai Police Commissioner M. Chidambarasamy with immediate effect.

    A bypoll is scheduled to take place in the constituency on Wednesday.

    Commission sources said that the decision was taken based on a report sent by Deputy Election Commissioner R. Bhattacharya, who was sent to Madurai to assess the situation.

    Earlier the Commission asked the Police Commissioner to give a report on the action taken by the police in arresting certain anti-social elements to ensure free and fair poll.

    Not satisfied with the police action, it directed the State Government to shift him.

    The Commission also expressed its displeasure to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam over the deliberate violation of its instructions by their candidates in the constituency.

    In separate orders to the parties, the Commission said the candidates, S. Syed Basha (DMK) and V.V. Rajan Chellappa (AIADMK), while filing their nominations, barged into the Returning Officer's office despite a warning given by the Returning Officer and the police.

    The two candidates came to the RO office with "a large crowd along with a large fleet of vehicles, which is against the instructions of the Commission."

    Rejects explanation

    The Commission rejected the explanation given by the two parties that there was no wilful violation and that only enthusiastic people, neither invited by them nor allowed to accompany them officially, followed the candidates on their own.

    Conveying its strong displeasure, it said such "deliberate flouting of instructions of the Commission from a responsible party has been viewed as entirely unwarranted and unacceptable and such incidents, if repeated, may invite severe action."

    Reports

    It said that its action was based on reports received from the State Chief Electoral Officer. Meanwhile C. Kuppusamy, DMK Member of Parliament, met Election Commissioner Quaireshi on Monday and sought action against the AIADMK for resorting to violence.

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