Staff Reporter

“People, their representatives not consulted”

KARUR: Karur Lok Sabha MP K.C. Palanisamy has condemned the Election Commission’s action in aligning the Kulithalai Assembly seat with the Perambalur Lok Sabha constituency.

The elected representatives were not consulted on the issue and the Commission acted on its own disregarding the pleas of the people, he said.

The Commission’s recent proposal segregated parts of the Krishnarayapuram and Kulithalai Assembly segments from the present Karur Lok Sabha constituency and merged them with the far off Perambalur constituency much to the consternation of the locals. There was no rationale behind the “arbitrary” decision, he said.

“After discussing the issue with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, I have sought an appointment with the Election Commissioners to sort out the issue,” Mr. Palanisamy said.

“The draft proposals that were circulated to us and the deliberations during the Commission’s public hearings did not contain the Kulithalai shift issue. When we came to know that Kulithalai has been atrociously combined with Perambalur constituency, the public were naturally upset.”

He assured the electorate that he would fight to retain Kulithalai in the Karur parliamentary constituency, “where it should rightfully belong.”

Areas including Vadhiyam, Manathattai, Vaiganallur, Rajendiram, Kumaramangalam, Poyyamani, Neithalur, Inungur, Iranyamangalam, Rachandra Thirumalai, Puzhutheri, Thogamalai, Padiripatti, Kulithalai municipal limits, Marudur and Nangavaram town panchayats in Kulithalai Assembly constituency as also Chintalavadi, Kallappalli, Vayalur, Panjapatti, Sivayam, Kosur and Mathagiri in Krishnarayapuram (Reserved) Assembly constituency were among the places shifted to the Perambalur Lok Sabha Constituency from Karur district.

As per the new proposals of the Commission, the Karur Lok Sabha seat gets the Viralimalai and Vedasandur Assembly segments and would comprise areas in Karur, Dindigul, Pudukkottai, and Tiruchi districts.