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Vellore: EC says no order yet on cancellation of Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission says it has issued no orders yet about the cancellation of Thursday’s Lok Sabha election in Vellore, according to an ANI report.

A report by IANS says, citing sources, that the poll panel is expected to take a decision today.

Sources said the Election Commission had received a “damaging” report from the state’s Chief Electoral Officer on misuse of money power, and that cancelling the election was a likely option, the IANS report said.

The poll panel has recommended cancelling the election in Vellore in a proposal sent to the President of India, the Indian Express reported, pointing out the uncertainty in the fate of assembly bypolls in Ambur and Gudiyattam, both of which come under the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency.

Last week, an FIR was filed against the DMK’s candidate in Vellore, Kathir Anand, following cash recoveries made during raids by the Income Tax department.

Kathir Anand is the son of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan. Crores of rupees have been seized during searches conducted in recent weeks at multiple locations, including a cement godown owned by Poonjolai Srinivasan, a close associate of Durai Murugan.

Durai Murugan has said the searches were carried out to hinder his son’s campaign.

All of Tamil Nadu’s 39 Lok Sabha constituencies are scheduled to go to the polls on Thursday: April 18.

A total of 22 bypolls will also be held in the state on April 18 and May 19.

Inputs from agencies

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