TAMIL NADU

MDMK seeks re-poll in Virudhunagar

Staff Reporter

Alleges “large-scale irregularity” in the polling process

VIRUDHUNAGAR: The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has sought re-election in Virudhunagar Lok Sabha seat alleging “large-scale irregularity” in the polling process.

In a memorandum submitted to District Collector and Returning Officer K. Raghupathi, party candidate, Vaiko’s Chief Agent and district Communist Party of India (Marxist), S. Balasubramanian, said that victory deserved by Vaiko had been snatched in an “unjust” manner.

Mr. Balasubramanian pointed out that there was a difference of 22,773 votes (including the valid postal votes) between the number of votes declared as polled on May 13 (7, 44, 880) and the number of votes (7,67,653) counted on Saturday.

Stating that the number of votes in question (22,773) was higher than the margin (15,764) between the winning Congress candidate B. Manicka Tagore and Mr. Vaiko, he said that it was a “large-scale irregularity” and sought re-election in the Lok Sabha constituency.

Road blocked

Meanwhile, a section of MDMK workers blocked road near Virudhunagar protesting against the inconsistency in number of votes in different data given by the Returning Officer.

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