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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2709

DMK suffers a big hit, Stalin caught on tape 'bribing' voters in Tirumangalam

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 05 January (Asiantribune.com): As rival Jayalalithaa Jayaram of All India Anna DMK is smug with satisfaction with pre-poll surveys giving her alliance a big thumbs up, the ruling DMK has suffered a big hit with the heir apparent, M K Stalin caught on tap 'bribing' voters in Tirumangalam, if one goes by the reports on Jaya TV.

Election Commission officials said they are looking into the allegation, while the DMK leaders have questioned the authenticity of the video footage.

Reports from Chennai also say that the footage on Jaya TV is undated thereby meaning that the date on which it was recorded is not known. Also it was a single shot.

But MK Stalin, who is also minister for local administration, is accused of distributing money to voters ahead of by-elections in Tirumangalam, AIADMK leaders, who released the footage, are quoted as saying. They said it was a violation of poll code.

Both DMK and AIADMK are locked in a near straight fight in the Tirumangalam constituency near Madurai where polling will take place on January 9 in a by-election.

Though the video shows Stalin distributing money, the DMK leaders claimed that the recording in fact shows an old party function and not the latest electioneering.

AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa asserted: 'It is not surprising to hear that Stalin and other DMK ministers have been video taped and caught giving money as enticement to the voters in Tirumangalam constituency. This is how cheap the DMK can get. They give money to voters to win an election.'

Stalin, who is leading the DMK campaign in the by-election, said the Karunanidhi government would soon distribute forty lakh more TV sets. So far 25, 35,000 TV were distributed free of cost under a promise Karunanidhi made in his election manifesto.

Stalin claimed that the DMK was doing more than what was promised at the election time. "We have fulfilled our poll promises 100 per cent", he told the cheering crowds.

PMK is keeping off the by-election saying it will not support the DMK though both have not parted company.

- Asian Tribune –

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