Tiruvarur: EC calls for all-party meet; Stalin, AIADMK, TTV hit out at each other

Tiruvarur District election officer and collector L Nirmal Raj has 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.

Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), deputy general secretary, TTV Dinakaran, on the other hand stated that DMK is afraid to face the polls.

Seconding his views was AIADMK spokesperson Vaigaiselvan, who said the DMK is fearful of the elections. “They are afraid and nervous upon the announcement of by-polls,” he said.

Upon the announcement, members of Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam party are said to be discussing about the by-polls at their Alwarpet party office, in Chennai.

The Election Commission, in its communication to Sahoo, gave its nod for allowing the State government to continue with the relief measures, for which a decision was taken prior to the announcement of the byelection.