The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alleged the ruling party of “distributing money to voters” in the backdrop of bypoll, on Wednesday. A three-member DMK delegation led by MP R S Bharathi claimed the ruling party is trying to woo voters in RK Nagar constituency and appealed to the Election Commission (EC) to change the officials in the area as they were working in their favour. The party has also submitted proof in connection with its claims, said Bharathi. In its petition, the delegation has asked the EC to take into account the video clippings that have been submitted to support their allegations as also asked for the transfer of nine police and three election officers of different ranks in this regard. MPs Tiruchi Siva and TKS Elangovan accompanied the Bharathi.
Talking to reporters after filing the petition, Bharathi said that on March 25, the present Zonal Officer of Tondiarpet Vijayakumar took no action when they filed a complaint against the state ministers Udumalai Radhakrishnan and Udayakumar who were making arrangements for distributing money to voters. He further alleged Sasikala camp for indulging in practices of distributing money to voters for votes. Taking name of P Vetrivel of the Sasikala faction, Bharathii said the MLA was illegally distributing money through various sources in different places to evade scrutiny. He also said that the Sasikala faction was resorting to a technique in which money was being distributed in areas abutting R K Nagar constituency like Royapuram, Perambur, Harbour and Thiruvottriyur to avoid getting caught. Therefore, the delegation has asked the EC to direct flying squads to take immediate action based on complaints filed by the party cadres on such illegal practices, Bharathi said.
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The EC had issued orders for transfer of previous Chennai commissioner of police George, the former Chennai police commissioner and previous Returning Officer for RK Nagar bypoll, based on a petition filed by DMK. But the party delegation said despite George’s transferred, some officials who were working under him in different ranks are still extending help to the ruling party, said Bharathi.