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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2612

Four 'B's mark local bodies elections in Tamilnadu

Janata party president Dr. Subramanian Swamy 'missed' his vote. He was to vote at a polling booth in Mylapore area. But some visited booth number 2, 281 of ward No 146 and cast the vote of Swamy the Janata Party.Janata party president Dr. Subramanian Swamy 'missed' his vote. He was to vote at a polling booth in Mylapore area. But some visited booth number 2, 281 of ward No 146 and cast the vote of Swamy the Janata Party.By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

New Delhi, 13 October (Asiantribune.com): Four 'B's marked the balloting in the first phase of elections to local bodies in Tamilnadu. . Booth capturing, bogus voting, brutal attacks on candidates and poll boycott, amidst brisk polling were reported from across the state. Karunanidhi, the chief minister was locked in a verbal duel with his betenoire Jayalalithaa, and up coming political heavy weight Vijayakanth.

The Friday vote covered 6557 villages and 353 towns – big and small across the state to put in place the local self-government bodies. At stake are in all 67,760 posts including that of the Mayor of Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem, and Tirunelveli Corporations. The second phase of polling will be held on October 15. It will be spread over 38,250 booths, some of them in Chennai itself.

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa has alleged that 'the DMK rowdies began booth capturing as early as 7.30 am'. Her party's legal advisor is getting ready to move the Madras High Court to declare the elections as 'null and void'

Actor turned politician, Vijayakanth, who heads his own Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) also demanded a re-election under the aegis of Federal Poll body saying, 'I have no belief in the state election commission or in the Tamilnadu Police'. He said 'the poll process has been vitiated'.

Both AIADMK and DMDK leaders complained the workers of the ruling DMK had taken away ballot boxes out of the booths and had cast bogus votes, 'keeping the boxes right in the middle of the streets'.

'Cancel the poll'. Jayalalithaa thundered. Her demand: 'fresh polls with the help of paramilitary forces'

AIADMK circles told reporters in Chennai that their party candidate Vijayalakshmi, for ward 149 was beaten up by a group of anti-socials elements. "The polling booth in Asan Memorial School was also captured as was ward 147. Booth capturing was reported from Wards 97 and 105", they said.

Vijayakanth said the DMK with the support of Congress and the Left parties had indulged in 'large-scale bogus voting and rowdyism'. His allegation is that a large number of history sheeters were released from police locks up on the eve of election and were used to unleash violence on DMK's political opponents.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has refuted all these allegations and said the charge of rigging and bogus voting is a frank admission of defeat even before the ballots were counted. He cast his vote in a school near his house at Gopalapuram. Jayalalithaa cast her vote at Stella Maris College polling booth.

Swamy Misses His Vote.

Janata party president Subramanian Swamy 'missed' his vote. He was to vote at a polling booth in Mylapore area, which is known better as the education district. "But some visited booth number 2, 281 of ward No 146 and cast the vote of Swamy", the Janata Party' Tamilnadu unit chief, V S Chandralekha, said in a statement. 'How is it that without proper identification someone has been permitted to cast the vote', she asked

Boycot

One entire village in Kanniyakumari district boycotted the election, according to a report. People of fishing hamlet Kurumbana have been demanding panchayat status for their village. But their village remains divided into three different panchayats--. Simon Colony, Ritapuram and Palapallam. So, to register their ire at the political parties and the government, all the 4,500 eligible voters stayed off the polling booth. And, they hoisted black flags to register their protest.

-Asian Tribune -

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