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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

AIADMK, DMK cadres indulge in Violence: Prelude to by-election

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan in Chennai

Chennai, 29 December, ( Violence broke out between the DMK and AIADMK cadres late last night with just 11 days to go for by-election at Thirumangalam Assembly constituency in Madurai. Vehicles were burnt following allegations that money was distributed to lure votes late last night.

The AIADMK and DMK cadres accused each other of distributing cash for votes.

The DMK men alleged that the AIADMK volunteers tried to lure voters in four different locations by doling out cash. DMK cadres reportedly confronted the AIADMK men head-on at the four places. In the exchange, a couple of SUVs were damaged. A private channel’s camera was said to be seized.

Ex-minister AIDMK govt., Nainar Nagendran’s car was smashed near Puliyankulam, regarding which a case has been filed against 50 persons. Car driver Balraj was admitted to hospital following serious injuries. AIADMK secretary, Nellai district, Popular Muthaiah’s car was attacked enroute to Chellampatty reportedly by DMK cadres, following which a complaint was lodged with the Sindhupatty Police by Madurai sub-urban district secretary Jayaraman, Thanga Tamizhchelvan, AIADMK Theni district secretary and Mahendran M.L.A. In another attack, Vedhanayagam, AIADMK Chinnamanur district secretary was pelted with stones by an anonymous group. A bleeding Vedhanayagam was admitted to hospital with broken tooth and torn lip. A complaint has been lodged after this incident too.

Although complaints have been lodged with Thirumangalam police by both parties, no FIR (First Information Report) has been registered till now. The entire locality was tense following the violence. Police has tightened security in vulnerable areas.

The by-election at Thirumangalam is to be held on 9 January. The seat fell vacant following the demise of Veera Ilavarasan, MDMK MLA. With the AIADMK candidate Muthuramalingam, DMK candidate Latha Adhiyaman and DMDK candidate Dhana Pandiyan contesting, which party would emerge victorious is unknown.

Hectic campaigning is on at Thirumangalam with party leaders camping in the constituency.

Highlighting the achievements of the DMK regime in the State, its leaders are leaving no stone unturned on driving home their message, while the opposition AIADMK and its partners has been saying that the government machinery has come to standstill in Tamil Nadu.

Addressing a public meeting at Thirumangalam yesterday, the MDMK general secretary Vaiko alleged that the DMK is determined to win the by-election by luring voters with money. Cautioning the masses to be wary of their ulterior motives, he said the DMK needs to be taught a lesson for its anti-people stand.

"The DMK is planning to spend Rs 3,000 per vote, Rs 20,000 per house and gearing up to spend nearly Rs 20 crore in the ensuing elections", he said.

Justifying his party’s decision to allow AIADMK candidate to be put up the candidate for the by-election, he said that he had taken such a step after consulting all the party functionaries across the State, including the smaller units.

Elsewhere, addressing media persons recently actor turned politician Vijayakanth expressed his apprehension that large scale violence would mar the by-poll like the recent local body elections which witnessed sporadic violence in the State.

- Asian Tribune -

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