DMK didn’t approach court to cancel civic polls: Stalin

DMK didn’t approach court to cancel civic polls: Stalin

“It was based on a petition filed by DMK that the high court gave its order and canclled the local body elections on Tuesday. But we didn’t want the poll to be cancelled,” DMK treasurer M K Stalin has said.

“We moved the court as we knew the ruling party would influence the SEC. But we didn’t want the poll to be cancelled,” said Stalin speaking to reporters at the party headquarters in Chennai.

Stalin said his father and DMK president M Karunanidhi had earlier issued a statement, urging the state government to come out with ‘due explanation’ on the Chief Minister’s health, saying it would “put an end to all rumours” about her wellness.

“But it is regrettable that they have so far not taken a position (to release information),” he told reporters.

To a question, Stalin ruled out possibility of him or Karunanidhi meeting the Chief Minister in Apollo Hospital, saying she was “reportedly” not in a position to do so.

Stalin said the party had moved court to ensure that the state election commission (SEC) conducted the poll in a free and fair manner.

The high court cancelled the poll notification based on a petition filed by DMK Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi.

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