Meeting of nodal officers reviews progress of election process
With only one day remaining for submitting nomination papers, eight more candidates submitted nomination papers for the Thrissur Parliamentary constituency on Friday.
Sara Joseph (Aam Admi Party); Moideen Sha (J.D.U); K.B. Sufeera, Shameela Kabir (SDPI); Jayaram (BSP), Jasmin Sha (Independent); Maniyaparambil Narayanan Kutty (Independent); M.V. Sudeep (Independent) and Ravikumar Uppath (BJP) submitted their nominations.
Meanwhile, the special representative of the Election Commission Ashish Sreevastava will reach Thrissur on Saturday. He will conduct discussions with the District Collector and other officials. He will also participate in the meeting of the political party leaders. Training for the officials appointed for the election duty has started in various centres. The authorities have removed 3,467 boards and banners, which were found violating the model code of conduct, in the district. The materials found on the compound walls of government institutions, electric posters and on the roads were removed. Those which were disrupting traffic were also removed.
A meeting of nodal officers on Friday reviewed the progress of the election process. Elaborate arrangements have been made for monitoring illegal money transactions in connection with the election. The excise department has formed a special squad to check brewing and selling of illegal liquor.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishan flayed the change of stand taken by Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan in the T.P. Chandrasekharan case. Speaking after inaugurating the fast observed by the Congress activists in protest against Perinjanam murder, the Minister said Mr. Achuthanandan’s volte face on the T.P. murder case was shameful. He utilised the case for his advantage, he alleged.
“The people thought V.S. Achuthanandan will stand with the truth. But he cheated the people. He calls the RMP as associate of the Congress. If that allegation is right, why has it fielded candidates in 14 constituencies? His current stand is cheap,” he said.