Staff Reporter

Tiruvannamalai Collector convenes meeting

DMK has put up signboards violating model code of conduct: PMK

In several villages, persons from other districts are involved in electioneering: DMK

Tiruvannamalai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Tuesday accused each other of violating the model code of conduct, at a meeting of candidates and representatives convened by Collector and Returning Officer of Tiruvannamalai constituency S. Rajendran.

K. Balu, representative of PMK candidate J.Guru, alleged that the DMK had put up signboards depicting the party’s symbol in front of its district headquarters and office of the Tiruvannamalai MLA, in violation of the model code of conduct. He also alleged that single light electricity connections were being given to non-electrified huts at present.

“Our sources say that 5,000 such connections are to be given in areas such as Natrampalli, Jolarpettai and Kanthili. In several places, a sum of Rs.80 a day is being paid to people employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) without insisting on stipulated work and preparations are believed to have been made to credit money into bank accounts of SHGs. Though complaints have been made about these violations, action is not being taken,” Mr. Balu said.

Responding to the complaints, Mr. Rajendran said that when he received a specific complaint about disbursement of loans and crediting of money into the accounts of SHG by Veeralur Primary Agricultural Co-operative Bank, he immediately enquired and ordered the suspension of the secretary and clerk of the PACB and to freeze the contentious bank accounts.

“You should not speak without updating your information. I have taken action and informed those who made the complaint. The NREGS and single light schemes are ongoing schemes which need not be stopped. Rural job scheme payments are made after measuring turn of works. Average daily wage disbursed in our district is Rs. 60 . As regards signboards, I have ordered their removal,” Mr. Rajendran said.

D. Palani, representative of DMK candidate T.Venugopal, said that there were about 800 vehicles from other districts, particularly Jayamkondam area, being used by a particular party. The party was also trying to woo voters using caste. In many villages, about 100 persons from other districts were involved in electioneering, he alleged.

Mr. Rajendran asked him to give the registration number of the vehicles and the areas where they were plying. DMDK candidate Manikandan said that campaign vehicles from Tiruvannamalai with proper permission were not permitted to carry out campaigning in parts of Vellore district, which also falls under Tiruvannamalai constituency. Officials insist on getting separate permission in Vellore district, he said.

Superintendent of Police S. Panneerselvam responded saying, “Officials should have done this out of ignorance. Vehicles that have been given permission for campaigning in a particular constituency can be used throughout the constituency, irrespective of district.”

Election observers Sanjiv Kumar, Subash Chandra Khuntia, L.N.Damor and Tiruppattur Sub-Collector Anish Chopra, were present.