Describing as “murder of democracy” the cancellation of election to the Vellore Parliamentary constituency, DMK president M.K. Stalin on Tuesday night charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with having used the Election Commission to malign the DMK.
In a brief interaction with reporters at Tiruchi airport on Tuesday evening, Mr. Stalin complained that no action had been taken on the video evidence that showed distribution of ₹1,000 cash to voters in the Theni Parliamentary constituency where Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s son was contesting. There was also no news on the raid that took place in the house of a contractor, who was said to be a ‘benami’ of an AIADMK Minister, he said.
On the I-T Department conducting searches at the residence of Kanimozhi, the DMK candidate for the Thoothukudi constituency, Mr. Stalin wondered on whose complaint the action was initiated. He also wanted to know why no such search was conducted at the house of BJP State president and party candidate for the constituency Tamilisai Soundarajan.
Stating that no action was being taken on the complaints of the DMK, Mr. Stalin favoured reforms in the Election Commission. “The EC, whose duty is to create a level-playing field for all political parties, is functioning like an alliance partner of the ruling party. Anyone who has faith democracy cannot accept this and we have to defeat the efforts to bury democracy,” he added.
He claimed that Mr. Modi had brought together the Income Tax Department, the Enforcement Directorate, the Election Commission and the judiciary to sabotage the election. “Election expenditure observers and special observers targeted only the DMK and turned a blind eye towards the candidates of the AIADMK-BJP alliance. Who does the EC want to satisfy?” he asked.
He said the DMK would win the Vellore seat whenever the election is held.