TAMIL NADU

I will fulfil basic needs: Hanifa

VELLORE May 9. The 77-year-old Islamic devotional singer, Nagoor Hanifa, who is the DMK candidate for the Vaniyambadi Assembly by-election, filed his nomination before the Returning Officer and District Backward Classes Welfare Officer, M. Sankaran, on Thursday.

Mr. Hanifa was accompanied by a large number of DMK functionaries and workers including R. Mahendran, Vellore west district secretary, R. Gandhi, Vellore east district secretary and T.A. Mohammed Saqy, secretary of the DMK election committee.

Talking to newspersons, Mr. Hanifa said if elected, he would work to fulfil the basic needs of the Vaniyambadi people. Asked whether he, being an outsider to the constituency, was confident of winning, Mr. Hanifa said he belonged to all towns in Tamil Nadu since he had visited all the towns during the last 60 years and earned the respect of the people through his rendering of devotional songs.

The only other candidate who filed his papers today was the DMK dummy candidate, Ejaz Ahmed.

Bar on cutouts, arches

Our Kancheepuram Staff Reporter reports:

The Kancheepuram Collector, K. Rajaraman, has said erection of decorative arches and cutouts will not be permitted in Acharapakkam in view of the byelections there on May 31.

In a release here, Mr. Rajaraman said parties and candidates should get a written permission from the owners of private buildings as well as public buildings for using their premises for paintings and hoisting flags. .

If the parties, candidates or even supporters did not follow this rule, action would be taken against them, Mr. Rajaraman said.

If the parties and candidates did not remove the same, the Government would complete the task and recover the cost from them.

A number of parties had set up drinking water stalls in view of the summer and they should not use the same for propaganda purposes.

However, there was no objection for the voluntary organisations setting up such stalls, the Collector said.

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