Majority of political parties and leaders, except Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazahgam’s TTV Dhinakaran, today welcomed the Election Commission’s decision to call off the Tiruvarur by-poll.
DMK president M K Stalin said in a statement that everyone would welcome it as holding of bypoll would impact the cyclone relief works, which were not yet completed.
“Apart from impacting the relief works, it would also increase anger of the people and create an anti-polling mood, which would definitely not foster democracy”, he said.
“More than the bypoll victory, the DMK’s stand was that relief works should reach the people,” the Leader of Opposiotion said and added that in deference to the wishes of various political parties and the people of Tiruvarur, the ECI’s decision to rescind the elections would be welcomed by everyone.
He also urged the ECI to hold electino to all the 20 vacant seats on a single day along with the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
BJP state unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the need of the hour in Tiruvarur was relief and not election.
She criticised the CPI for filing a petition with the ECI against holding of the by-election and moving the Supreme Court while extending its support to the DMK for the polls.
The CPI(M), VCK, TMC and other parties have welcomed it. However, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said the ECI had staged a drama in the name of a meeting to seek opinion of political parties and cancelled the by-election.