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GREETING THE RIVAL: Rural Industries Minister and Alandur constituency candidate B.Valarmathi exchanging pleasantries with BJP nominee H. Raja in Kancheepuram.
GREETING THE RIVAL: Rural Industries Minister and Alandur constituency candidate B.Valarmathi exchanging pleasantries with BJP nominee H. Raja in Kancheepuram.

Staff Reporter

Two independent candidates also file nominations

Three from the AIADMK and one from the BJPBJP nominee alleges model code violation

KANCHEEPURAM: Four sitting MLAs three from the AIADMK and one from the BJP filed their nominations papers on Saturday for Alandur, Uthiramerur and Kancheepuram constituencies with the respective the Election Returning Officers at the District Collectorate here.

Two independent candidates have also filed their nominations.

While the Rural Industries Minister, B. Valarmathi, seeking re-election to the Assembly from Alandur segment filed her nomination papers with the Deputy Collector (Relief and Rehabilitation) and ERO, L. Nirmal Raj, the Handlooms Minister, V. Somasundaram submitted his papers to the District Supply Officer and ERO, N. Kulandaivelu, for his re-election to the Legislature from the Uthiramerur constituency. Similarly, the Kancheepuram MLA, Mythili Thirunavukkarasu, filed her nomination papers with Kancheepuram Revenue Divisional Officer K. Anbazhagan for her re-election to the Assembly from this segment.

The Karaikudi MLA, H. Raja, BJP is seeking re-election to the Legislature and filed his papers with Mr. Nirmal Raj, ERO for Alandur constituency.

Press persons and the small number of onlookers at the Collectorate were surprised when the Rural Industries Minister, Valarmathi, alighted from her vehicle because she was received with folded hands by Mr. Raja, one of her opponents seeking election to the Assembly from Alandur constituency.

Ms. Valarmathi enquired Mr. Raja whether he had filed his nomination papers before entering the Collectorate building to file her nomination papers.

Flouting of rules

The BJP nominee for Kancheepuram constituency, K.T.Raghavan, alleged that the AIADMK had violated the model code of conduct laid down by the Election Commission with regard to the filing of nomination process.

Though the EC had directed that not more than 3 vehicles should be used by the nominees of political parties while coming to the ERO office to file their nominations, the AIADMK nominees and their supporters came in a procession in about 100 cars from the heart of the town to the District Collectorate.

Urging the District Collector and District Election Officer, R.Venkatesan to include the expense incurred for organising such "grand procession" of cars, Mr. Raghavan called upon the DEO to ensure the model code of conduct was followed by everyone without fail.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK cadres presented shawls to the Ministers, B. Valarmathi and V. Somasundaram, at Mr. Anbazhagan's chamber, the ERO for Kancheepuram constituency, after their party nominee for the seat, Mythili Thirunavukkarasu, filed her nomination papers.

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