The much talked about Tiruvarur by-poll, which was slated to be held on January 28, has been rescinded. A decision in this regard was taken by Election Commission of India, based on a report by district election officer.
The EC has directed chief electoral officer that “notification calling upon 168-Thiruvarur Assembly constituency to elect an MLA stands rescinded forthwith”.
It added: “All steps taken by Returning Officer, District Election Officer and election authorities concerned are hereby declared null and void.”
Malay Mallick, Secretary of Election Commission of India, said in his letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer: “I am directed to intimate that the Commission has ordered on 6th January, 2019 that the Commission’s Notification No. 100/TN-LA/1/2019 dated 3rd January, 2019, calling upon the said 168-Thiruvarur Assembly constituency to elect an MLA shall stand rescinded forthwith for the reasons stated therein.
Consequently, all actions and steps taken by the Returning Officer of the said 168-Thiruvarur Assembly Constituency, District Election Officer and election authorities concerned are hereby declared null and void.
A copy of the Notification to be published in the Extraordinary Official Gazette of the State of Tamil Nadu is being sent separately.”
Tiruvarur District election officer and collector L Nirmal Raj had on Saturday called for an all-party meet to know the view of various political parties on whether to conduct Tiruvarur by-election or not.
Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo on Friday asked Nirmal Raj for his comments on a representation made by D. Raja, the Communist Party of India’s Member of Parliament, demanding that the byelection to the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency be deferred in the light of ongoing relief work in areas hit by the Cyclone Gaja.
Following this, the collector has called for an all-party meeting. Meanwhile, DMK president, M K Stalin, stressed that the views of all factions must be taken into account.