Erode (East) bypoll | Victory in bypoll will be the victory of money: BJP MLA

MLA C. Saraswathi alleged that a large amount of cash and gifts had been distributed to voters ahead of the bypoll; she said a change in the mindset of voters was needed for a better-functioning democracy

Updated - February 27, 2023 05:10 pm IST

Published - February 27, 2023 05:08 pm IST - ERODE

BJP MLA C. Saraswathi seen after casting her vote at a polling station in Periyar Nagar in Erode on Monday

BJP MLA C. Saraswathi seen after casting her vote at a polling station in Periyar Nagar in Erode on Monday | Photo Credit: GOVARTHAN M

BJP MLA C. Saraswathi said that whoever won the Erode (East) bypoll, polling for which was held on Monday, it would be “a victory of money”. She also said she wanted voters to change their mindsets towards elections.

Addressing the media after she cast her vote at C.S.I. Girls Higher Secondary School at Periyar Nagar, Ms. Saraswathi said that cash and gift items were distributed in large numbers to voters, ahead of the bypoll. Also, voters had been confined to sheds [by the DMK] and the AIADMK candidate K.S. Thennarasu was unable to meet these voters.

Asked if Mr. Thennarasu won, she would take the same stand, she refused to comment. The BJP, an ally of the AIADMK, had extended its support to Mr. Thennarasu.

“The situation should change: voters should not be attracted towards cash or gift items,” she said, adding that she wanted voters to desist from receiving cash or gift items. “Only if this happens, there can be pride in democracy,” she said.

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