Chennai, Mar 28: Election Commission of India has decided to cancel the polls in two assembly segments of Thanjavur and Aravakurichi. The two constituencies of Tamil Nadu did not go into polls along with other 232 seats on May 16. The polling body had found evidence that major candidates in the fray had lured voters through money. Although, the elections in the 2 seats were deferred till May 23, EC was forced to further adjourn the polling dates since there was still an indication that the voters will cast their mandate to those parties which have offered them bribes.
Tamil Nadu Governor Konijeti Rosaiah has urged the EC to complete the elections till June 1, which would keep the two constituencies in tandem with the overall working of the state government. However, as per the latest announcement of the polling body, elections in the two assembly segments have been cancelled for the time being. Money power has vitiated the electoral process, EC said in a statement released on Saturday.
In the days leading to statewide polls on May 16, EC had seized crore of rupees and consumable gifts which were being offered to voters in order to secure their mandate.
From Thanjavur, AIADMK had fielded N Rengasamy, whereas, DMK had offered ticket to B Anjagum. Meanwhile, from the Aravakurichi constituency, Jayalalithaa’s nominee was V Senthil Balaji, whereas DMK had fielded K C Palanisamy.