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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2615

AIADMK decides to boycott by-elections for 5 seats

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai, 21 July ( The Opposition AIADMK has decided to boycott the August 18 by-elections for five seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

[caption id="attachment_2737" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Party supremo Jayalalithaa "]Party supremo Jayalalithaa [/caption]

An emergency executive committee meeting of AIADMK convened at Conoor took this decision, saying it has no hopes of fair, free and impartial polls with the DMK and the UPA at the helm. It also authorized party supremo Jayalalithaa to talk to its alliance partners -- the CPI(M), CPI, PMK and MDMK -- in this regard.

With the DMK in power in the State and the Central government headed by Congress giving 'blind support' to it, there was no hope the Election Commission would conduct free, fair and impartial polls, a resolution of the meeting said.

The MDMK has also announced its decision to boycott the elections. PMK leader Ramados has welcomed the AIADmK’s decision, will be falling in line with it. Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa is in talks with her other alliance partners, CPI (M) and CPI to take similar decision.

With only a day to go for the filing of nomination papers, there is hectic activity at the DMK headquarters and Congress’ Sathyamoorthy Bhawan for the past two days.

The by-elections to Bargur, Illayankudi, Thondamuthur and Cumbam constituencies were necessitated by the resignations of the sitting members—Thambidurai, Rajakannappan, Kannappan and Ramakrishnan-- while the vacancy in Srivaikuntam was caused by the death of Congress MLA Selvaraj.

Two of the seats were held by Vaiko-led MDMK while the DMK, Congress and AIADMK had represented one each.

- Asian Tribune -

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