AIADMK Puducherry secretary and MLA A Anbazhagan on Tuesday charged government departments with shying away from doing routine work citing model code of conduct (MCC). s
Addressing a press conference here, Anbazhagan alleged that due to wrong interpretation of MCC, the official machinery is avoiding normal work for the welfare of the people. Even small matters like fixing of lights in public areas and clearing of garbage are not being taken up.
Stating that the party general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will address a public meeting on March 27 at Uppalam grounds in New Port area in support of Puducherry AIADMK candidate Omalingam, Anbazhagan said that in Uppaalam ground, out of the 28 lamp posts 26 are not functioning. When the party members approached the government to erect lights and rectify it, they refused, citing model code of conduct for elections. Even the removal of garbage in the area is not attended to by the municipality for the same reason, said Anbazhagan.
“If the government could not do even routine work, then all departments should close down till the elections are over.
Otherwise Chief Electoral Officer should give proper instructions to the officials,” he said.
On the other hand, routine news of electioneering by political parties are being termed as paid news by the Election Department.
“AIADMK was served with a notice by the Election Department seeking to know why the news of the party’s electioneering at Mannadipet was published by some local dailies. Not only political parties but also media are getting affected due to this act,” Anbazhagan said.