DMK to boycott Pudukkottai bypolls

The party decided to boycott the byelections alleging that no opposition party would get justice from the poll panel.

Published: 03rd May 2012 02:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:14 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: DMK today decided to boycott the June 12 bye-election to the Pudukkottai Assembly constituency, alleging that no opposition party would get justice from the Election Commission.

"The poll date has been announced after consultations between AIADMK and some persons in the Election Commission," DMK chief Karunanidhi told reporters here.

He was replying to a question why EC was not taking any action on reports of alleged irregularities indulged in by the ruling AIADMK in the constituency.

The DMK chief said the Jayalalithaa-government had announced a Rs 50 crore special development package for Pudukkottai Municipality, two days before the poll schedule was announced.

"Opposition parties contesting the bye-election will not get justice from the EC and hence DMK has decided to boycott the election," he said.

CPI and PMK have already decided not to contest the bypoll, caused by the death of CPI MLA S P Muthukumaran in a road accident on April 1.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had already nominated V R Karthik Thondaiman to contest the bye-election and had constituted a working group, which includes almost the entire state cabinet, to ensure the victory of the party nominee.

Karunanidhi alleged that Jayalalithaa was responsible for the state facing acute power shortage as she did not allow the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant to function.

"It was Jayalalithaa who worked with the protestors and wrote to the Prime Minister against its commissioning," he said.

He recalled that her government had passed a resolution in the assembly not to allow the plant to function. "Now she has again written to the Prime Minister asking that the entire power generated from the plant be allotted to the state," he said.

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