High drama as scrutiny of nominations for LS polls takes place in TN

The scrutiny of nominations filed by the candidates to contest in the Lok Sabha elections and by-poll for the 18 Assembly constituencies in Tamilnadu began on Wednesday.

In Thoothukudi, after a long scrutiny, nominations of BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan and DMK candidate K Kanimozhi were accepted on Wednesday.

Out of a total of 62 nominations, 51 were accepted and 10 rejected, said Collector and Returning Officer Sandeep Nanduri. The nomination of an independent candidate, Dinakaran, was pending, for whom time has been given to raise his objections and substantiating his statements.

Friction between DMK functionaries and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kumararaja came to the fore yet in Karur on Wednesday when advocates affiliated to the DMK alleged the senior cop did not allow them inside the collectorate during scrutiny of nomination of their candidate.

It may be recalled that on Monday, DMK district’s in-charge Senthil Balaji accused Kumararaja of being biased towards the ruling party. Also, he said they would be lodging a complaint against him with the election commission.

BJP candidate for Sivaganga constituency H Raja Wednesday objected to Congress candidate Karti Chidambaram’s nomination papers being accepted, alleging he had not submitted all facts in his affidavit.

Speaking to reporters, he said the affidavit of Karti did not contain details of the properties of his family members and that his nomination should be rejected. He also referred the matter to the Collector and Polling officer.