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RK Nagar bypoll: Amid cash-for-vote charges, parties ask EC to provide level playing field

Amid complaints of widespread bribing of voters ahead of the prestigious by-election the Special Officer nominated by Election Commission, Vikram Batra, held discussions with representatives.

Published: 18th December 2017 02:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2017 09:22 AM   |  A+A-

RK Nagar bypoll was called of due to reported malpractices

The Radhakrishnan Nagar seat fell vacant following the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. (File | EPS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Amid complaints of widespread bribing of voters ahead of the prestigious by-election to the RK Nagar Assembly seat on December 21, the Special Officer nominated by Election Commission, Vikram Batra, held discussions with representatives of recognised political parties on Sunday.

Talking to media representatives after the meeting, DMK working president Stalin accused the police and the poll panel of not taking action against those involved in voter bribing. “When we caught a man with `2 crore and handed him over to the police, they did not take any action and instead claimed he just had a few thousands in his possession,” he alleged.

Emphasising that the DMK did not want the polls put off again, he stressed it must be held in a free and fair manner.

BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded a level playing field. “There must be a level playing field for the contestants. Then only we can gauge the strength of the parties. The EC must explore ways and means to hold a free and fair election,” Tamilisai Soundararajan said.

The AIADMK was represented in the meeting by Thambidurai, Minister for Fisheries D Jayakumar and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Pollachi V Jayaraman, while Stalin and Deputy Leader of Opposition Durai Murugan represented DMK. P Vetrivel represented the rebel TTV Dhinakaran faction.

AIADMK trashes charges

The AIADMK dismissed charges of bribing of voters saying they were being made out of fear of defeat. “Opposition parties are levelling baseless allegations,” said party leader and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai.



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