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State not consulted on by-poll date, says Karunanidhi

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M. Karunanidhi
M. Karunanidhi

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CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Friday said the State government was not consulted by the Election Commission on the date for the by-election to the Pennagaram Assembly constituency.

The Chief Minister’s reaction followed the demand of AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa and PMK leader S. Ramadoss for postponement of the by-election to February on the ground that the date was close to the Pongal festival.

“The Election Commission never consult us whether it is the by-election to the Pennagaram Assembly constituency or the by-polls in the past,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the DMK had great respect for the Election Commission and would abide by its announcement.

In the meantime, other political parties also urged the Election Commission to postpone the election to February arguing that in January people would be busy making preparations for the Pongal.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko said it would be difficult to get the voters attention to the real issues in the constituency when they were fully occupied with the festival mood.

“The vacancy was caused only in December. No harm would be made to democracy if the election date is postponed to February,” he said.

CPI state secretary D. Pandian said besides Pongal festival, the people would also be busy with paddy harvest.

But the EC had ruled out the possibility of conducting the election in February, arguing that it had taken note of all relevant aspects including the Pongal festival.

The DMK on Friday announced P. Inbasekaran as its candidate for the constituency that will go to the polls on January 20.

He is the son of P.N. Periyannan whose death on December 1 caused the vacancy.

In a statement here, Mr. Karunanidhi called upon the partymen to work for the victory of Mr. Inbasekaran, who is also functioning as the secretary of the Dharmapuri (North) district unit of the party.

An Engineering graduate, Mr Inbasekaran also holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration.

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