Of the six national parties who were extended invitations for the meeting, only four attended
Representatives of the DMK, AIADMK and PMK also met the CEC
Pondicherry: Representatives of political parties on Monday met the Chief Election Commissioner, B.B. Tandon, here separately in connection with the coming Assembly polls in the Union Territory.
Of the six national parties who were extended invitations for the meeting, delegates of only Congress, Bharatiya Janata party, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India turned up.
Representatives of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Pattali Makkal Katchi also met the CEC.
"There should be no delimitation of constituencies," the Congress team, led by the PCC general secretary, A. Gandhiraj, told the meeting.
The CPI team, led by its deputy secretary A Ramamoorthy, however urged the CEC to ensure that the proposal of the Delimitation Commission was implemented, as this would ensure proportionate development of the Union Territory. A memorandum was also handed over to Mr. Tandon.
V. Perumal, who headed the CPI (Marxist) delegation, said he suggested that additional police forces be deployed to ensure free and fair polls here. Where a voter did not have ID card he/she may be permitted to exercise franchise on the basis of ration cards.
The convener of the DMK and leader of the Opposition, R.V. Janakiraman, told newsmen after the meeting that he demanded that the polling in the Union Territory be held on the same day when Tamil Nadu went to the polls. The other parties also echoed the same view.
Seeks more time
The Pattali Makkal Katchi Parliamentary party leader, M. Ramadoss, said he sought extension of time for presentation of applications for inclusion in the electoral roll in view of the dislocation people suffered in the recent rains. All the voters should be issued voters identity cards.
The AIADMK delegation, led by its deputy secretary S Kasinathan, said the proposal of the Delimitation Commission should be adopted in the polls.
'Prevent bogus voters'
The BJP team urged the CEC to ensure that adequate and effective steps were taken to prevent intrusion of bogus voters from neighbouring States into the Union Territory.