Chennai, Feb 11 (BPNS)
With the by-elections to the East Erode assembly constituency nearing, the election officials have seized tokens in a car belonging to the DMK South Union treasurer in Tiruppur, Sarbudeen. The Erode district collector H. Krishnanunni in a tweet said that the election officials and police seized tokens from the car of Sarbudeen. These tokens are meant for being exchanged for money during the night.
The seizure of tokens has turned DMK red-faced as there were allegations that money was being distributed in the constituency for clinching victory in the polls.
It may be noted that the by-elections to Erode East constituency was necessitated following the passing away of the sitting legislator, E. Thirumahan Everaa of the Congress party. His father and former union minister, EVKS Elangovan is the candidate of the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance of which Congress is a constituent.
With the elections scheduled for February 27 and with 77 candidates in the fray after scrutiny of election papers on Friday, February 10, the major Dravidian parties, DMK and AIADMK are in the process of wooing the voters.
While there have been allegations that money is being exchanged for votes, the seizure of tokens from the car of a DMK leader has put the party in a corner.
AIADMK senior leaders have already come out against the DMK being involved in bribing. AIADMK leader and former minister, K.A. Sengottiyan who is in charge of the elections while speaking to BPNS said,” The seizure of tokens from the car of a DMK leader is a serious issue and we have already sounded the people of the constituency on how DMK was trying to woo voters.”
The AIADMK has also petitioned the Election Commission of India and the police to be more vigilant in the days to come as money is likely to change hands.