Vellore election cancelled, Raid at Kanimozhi’s house, cops fire in air at Andipatti

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the Election Commission’s recommendation to cancel the election in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore over excessive use of money power, days after a large sum of cash was seized from the warehouse of DMK candidate Kathir Anand.

With the countermanding of the polls to Vellore seat, where DMK Treasurer Duraimurugan’s son Kathir Anand was contesting and from whose house the Income-Tax officials seized money, single
phase polling would be held on Thursday for 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats and 18 of the Assembly seats where bypolls will be held to fill up the vacancy.

Meanwhile, amid allegations of a huge cash-for-votes racket in Tamil Nadu, officials of the Income Tax department visited the house of DMK leader Kanimozhi to “verify allegations of cash being stashed there.”.

Kanimozhi, DMK lawmaker and the sister of party chief MK Stalin, is the candidate for the Tuticorin seat. It was alleged that “lots of cash” was stashed on the first floor of her house in Thoothukudi, sources said.

Kanimozhi, reacting to the searches, said in order to intimidate her, raids are being conducted. “The Election Commission and Income Tax department have become part of the Modi alliance… They are trying to terrorise opposition parties,” she said.

In the meantime, Police opened fire in the air in Andipatti in Theni district on Tuesday after a group of AMMK cadre allegedly tried to prevent flying squad officials from seizing the cash they had stashed in their office.

Sources said the flying squad officials went to the local AMMK office after a tip-off that a group were filling cash in envelops to distribute to voters. When the officials reached the premises, the men closed the doors from inside and prevented the officials’ entry.

Soon a large crowd gathered. On information, a police team rushed to the spot and tried to open the door. As the crowd was preventing their movement, the police fired four times in the air to disperse them.