RK Nagar By-Poll Cancelled

The EC received innumerable complaints that the voters are being heavily bribed. The EC will meet on Monday to examine the future course of action

Chennai: After it was conclusively established that the voters have been bribed paying huge amounts, the Election Commission has cancelled the by-poll in RK Nagar constituency here.  In normal course, the polling should have taken place on April 12.

The entire election process has been ‘rescinded forthwith’, according to an announcement made by the EC on Sunday. The EC said the by-election will be held in due course, “when the vitiating effect created by the distribution of money and gift items to allure the electors…gets removed with passage of time and the atmosphere in the constituency becomes conducive to the holding of free and fair election.”

Searches conducted last week and the cash seized suggested that not less than ₹100 crore has been distributed to the voters. The houses of K Vijayabhaskar, Tamil Nadu Minister for Health, were searched by the sleuths. The IT reports indicated that an amount of ₹89 crore were distributed to politicians to be given to voters. About ₹ 5 crore was seized from the associates of the Health Minister. The IT department has conducted raids at 21 places across Tamil Nadu in this connection. The EC received innumerable complaints that the voters are being heavily bribed. The EC will meet on Monday to examine the future course of action. The by-poll was necessitated because of the death of J Jayalalithaa, the then Chief Minister, who was representing RK Nagar constituency, on 5 December  2016.

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