Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary, Jayalalithaa, has appealed to the voters of Sankarankoil Assembly constituency, where a by-poll will be held on Sunday, to elect her party candidate S. Muthuselvi, considering the welfare schemes being implemented by her government.

In a statement here, she said that the basic principle of democracy was to chalk out policies and programmes taking into account the needs of the people and implementing them.

Expressing happiness over the overwhelming victory of her party in the local body elections because of the people's recognition of the welfare schemes, she urged the voters to repeat the gesture.

DMDK's allegation

Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakant alleged that both the Election Commission and the police were acting like ‘puppets' of the ruling AIADMK on the conduct of the by-election.

Voters were afraid to express their views openly.