DMK leader booked for erecting banners

Tirunelveli police have registered a case against DMK leader and former Radhapuram MLA M Appavu for erecting flex banners without proper permission for his son’s wedding reception at Panagudi on Sunday. Police said that two banners were also removed.

Appavu was booked under the Tamil Nadu Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act. It is to be noted that following the death of a 23-year-old techie Subasri in Chennai after a banner fell on her recently, political parties gave undertaking in the High Court that their members would not erect hoardings or banners henceforth.

Subasri’s death was caused by a banner erected by AIADMK functionary Jayagopal at Pallikaranai in Chennai, in September. Following this, there was a huge social media outrage and the Madras high court had also cracked the whip on flex banners.

Appavu was in the news recently after the recounting of votes for the Radhapuram Assembly seat concluded at the Madras High Court premises. The court-ordered recount took place after the DMK candidate Appavu disputed the results of the polls held three years ago.

However, the AIADMK MLA Inbadurai, who won by a wafer-thin margin, obtained a stay order from the Supreme Court, barring the declaration of the results. As per the stay order, issued by apex court Justices Arun Mishra and S Ravindra Bhat, the counting process was allowed to take place. “However, results will not be declared,” said the order.

Recently, criticising the ruling AIADMK for alleged malpractices during counting in ten to 12 Assembly segments during the 2016 general elections in Tamil Nadu, the DMK president M K Stalin said that he would rather wait for the Madras High court to announce the outcome of the vote recount from Radhapuram constituency on a petition filed by Appavu.

He said this while addressing a group of AMMK men led by Bharani Karthikeyan from Pudukkottai district who joined the DMK at the party headquarters Anna Arivalayam at Teynampet in Chennai.

Stalin said though the social media was speculating on the outcome of the votes recount in front of the Madras High court judges, propriety demanded that the DMK wait for the formal announcement of the result by the court to avoid any contempt.