As six suspended MLAs of DMDK have knocked the doors of the Madras High Court seeking a direction to allow them to vote in the June-27 Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission sources made it clear that none could deny them their right to vote.
A senior official of the Commission pointed out that EC conducted polls to the Upper House. As elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly and as voters in the poll, they had every right to exercise their franchise. Former secretary-general of Lok Sabha P.D.T. Achary told The Hindu here on Tuesday that the order of the Speaker suspending them would apply only to the proceedings and their conduct inside the House and this had nothing to do with their right to vote. “They have every right to vote under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” he said.