EC cancels Tiruvarur by-election

Giving a jolt to the opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission of India has cancelled the by-election to the Tiruvarur assembly constituency,  slated for January 28. State electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo reportedly said that the Tiruvarur byelection was cancelled as the cyclone Gaja relief was not distributed to many areas of the constituency.

The bypoll is necessitated by the death of late DMK president M Karunanidhi in August last year. DMK chief MK Stalin planning to contest from his father’s constituency, so that to give a boost up to party’s strategy for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was issued by the Cauvery Delta Farmers Association, represented by its general secretary V Sathyanarayanan, seeking to stall the by-election so that relief work is carried out in the region hit by Cyclone Gaja in November.

An all-party meeting was held at Tiruvarur on Saturday. The District Election Officer (DEO wanted the Election Commission to postpone the by-election till the relief measures are completely met. However, another representative from Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam wanted the Election Commission to conduct the Tiruvarur by-election as scheduled.

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