TAMIL NADU

Ensure fair verification: DPA tells poll panel

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Leaders of the Democratic Progressive Alliance parties on Saturday urged the Election Commission (EC) to ensure that the bulk applications submitted in all the 165 Assembly constituencies covered by summary revision at the end of the period for filing claims and objections were disposed of in a fair manner.

As the EC representatives S. K. Mendiretta and Tapas Kumar held discussions with leaders of various parties, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Congress leaders raised the issue relating to the receipt of 61,089 applications on May 30 in Villupuram district.

They had pointed out an alleged discrepancy relating to the total number of applications received in the district.

Though the report sent by the District Election Officer claimed that a total of 77,799 applications were received, a notification of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had put the figure at 1,40,028, they claimed.

EC's efforts welcomed

The All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) representatives welcomed the EC's efforts to provide error-free electoral rolls.

Congress Legislature Party leader S.R. Balasubramoniyan demanded action against those District Election Officers who had not submitted the final report on receipt of claims and objections before 6.45 p.m. on May 30.

Ramadoss plea to EC

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S. Ramadoss urged the EC to defeat attempts to enrol fictitious names in the electoral rolls.

State Law Minister D. Jayakumar and C. Srinivasan (AIADMK), Arcot N. Veerasamy and K. Ponmudi (DMK), G.K. Mani (PMK), A.M. Gopu (Communist Party of India), N. Gunasekaran (Communist Party of India-Marxist), B. S. Gnanadesikan (Congress), G. P. Sarathy (Nationalist Congress Party) and G. Devadoss (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) participated in the meeting.

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