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Civic polls: DMK decides to approach court again, CM says Stalin afraid to face elections

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinatoor Edappadi K Palaniswami has said DMK president M K Stalin must pinpoint the wards or districts where delimitation issues are there. He also said DMK was afraid to face civic polls.

He made these comments after the DMK on Sunday endorsed the stand taken by Stalin to move the court again on the notification issued by the Tamil Nadu
State Election Commissioon (SEC) to hold local body polls on December 27 and 30, except in nine newly-carved districts.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the DMK’s district secretaries meeting chaired by Stalin. The resolution alleged that the SEC was acting as an agent of the ruling AIADMK and had announced the poll schedule
without properly following the Apex Court orders, which had directed the SEC to hold the polls in nine new districts after carrying out the delimitation exercise and reservation for SC and STs in four months, while allowing holding of
polls in the remaining 27 districts.

Reacting to Stalin’s comments on the elections, the Chief Minister said they are baseless allegations and added that Stalin’s plan is to postpone the local body elections.

He said, “The DMK, especially MK Stalin, is afraid to meet the public fearing defeat. Every time, Stalin asks the AIADMK whether we are ready for the elections. Now I am asking why the DMK is afraid to face the polls.

The SEC has received as many as 19,000 objection petitions related to the delimitation process and they were rectified. The Opposition leader should give a statement about objections in the delimitation and reservation process,” he added.

Palaniswami also said that onion prices will come down within the next 20 days. “The ongoing onion price hike is not happening in Tamil Nadu alone and rather is a nation-wide phenomenon,” he said.