Battlefield ready at Tiruvarur as HC refuses to stay by-election. The Madras High Court has observed that it cannot order a stay on the Thiruvarur by-election which is scheduled to be held on January 28. The High Court was hearing a petition filed by Sathyanarayanan on behalf of the farmers in the Cauvery delta region.
In his PIL, V Sathyanarayanan, general secretary of Kaveri Delta Farmers Union, said once the gazette notification was issued on January 3, the model code of conduct would come into force and the poll body would be in charge of the situation.
“There will be a number of restrictions. As a result, people in Tiruvarur constituency will not be able to get the benefit of the ongoing relief work and celebrate Pongal festival in a free manner,” he said.
The petitioner said the contesting candidates would organise meetings, rallies, campaigning, and this would come in the way of organising various events by people in furtherance to the Pongal celebrations.
A bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam dismissed the interim prayer for stay by the Cauvery Delta Farmers Association and posted its PIL plea against the bypoll to February 7.
The bench pointed out that Article 324 of the Constitution confers powers on the ECI for superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls and the conduct of all elections, including by-elections.
“Unless it is specifically alleged and substantiated that the ECI had exercised its powers in a mala fide and arbitrary manner, the election process, once commenced, cannot be stalled.”
Nominations opened on Thursday with the issuance of the notification for the bypoll, necessitated by the death of late DMK president M Karunanidhi in August 2018.