CHENNAI: In its bid to ensure free and fair polling, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched several initiatives in RK Nagar where by-election is scheduled for December 21. As part of the crackdown on violations of poll code and restrictions, the authorities have seized 50 cars which entered into the periphery of the constituency without valid reasons.
According to Rajesh Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer-Tamil Nadu, “As many as 50 vehicles were seized in RK Nagar.” They were impounded and towed to the premises of the Government Polytechnic at Tondiarpet.
The ECI has introduced a system of distributing valid passes for vehicles, both two-wheelers and four wheelers, belonging to the residents of the RK Nagar Assembly segment in order to restrict movement of outsiders. Vehicles without passes would be subjected to check and permitted to move further, only if the reasons were found valid.
Campaign gathers pace
Campaigning for the RK Nagar by-election gained steam on Sunday with candidates and party leaders crisscrossing the constituency. CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM OPS campaigned for AIADMK candidate E Madhusudanan in Korukkupet. TTV Dhinakaran canvassed votes for himself at Ezhil Nagar while BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan hit the campaign trail at Nethaji Nagar.