TAMIL NADU

A bid to divert attention: CPI

CHENNAI, JULY 24. The State secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), R. Nallakannu, today said that the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had alleged large-scale rigging of electronic voting machines (EVMs) only with a view to "diverting the attention of the electorate from the fact that her Government's anti-people policies had led to the defeat of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)" in the May 10 Lok Sabha poll.

In a statement here, he said the AIADMK had won the 2001 poll in which EVMs were used. Ms. Jayalalithaa, who had attributed the poll debacle to the incumbency factor against the Central Government, now contradicted herself by alleging that EVMs were rigged.

The AIADMK had suffered the defeat despite large-scale deletion of names of voters, who were minorities, Government employees and teachers, claimed Mr. Nallakannu.

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