Polls in 3 seats: EC forms special teams, DMK seeks applications

Polls in 3 seats: EC forms special teams, DMK seeks applications

Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajesh Lakhoni has said that flying squads had got down to work in the three constituencies where polls will be held 19 November.

Speaking to reporters in Chennai, Lakhoni said with the model code of conduct coming into effect in the districts where the three constituencies fall, flying squad members had commenced work.

He also said Senthil Balaji of AIADMK and K C Palanisamy of DMK have not been debarred from contesting the election in Aravakurichi assembly constituency though their names figure in poll violation cases.

Balaji and Palanisamy were the candidates of their respective parties during the assembly election in May. However, the Election Commission countermanded the poll in Aravakurichi along with that in Thanjavur constituency in the wake allegations of corrupt practices by the parties.

Meanwhile, a day after the EC notified the schedule for the polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur Assembly constituencies and the bypoll in Thiruparankundram, the DMK invited applications from aspirants to contest the elections. While the ruling AIADMK is bound to enter the fray in a bid to increase its strength in the Assembly, many smaller parties are yet to indicate their stand on participating in the November 19 polls.

DMK general secretary Anbazhagan on Tuesday said aspirants should submit their application by October 20 and an interview would be held on the next day. The application fee is Rs. 25,000.