A Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) candidate was booked in Ulundurpet on Sunday after he showered currency notes on an election official to protest, the “inaction” of authorities to check alleged distribution of cash to voters by rival parties in his constituency.
The action of K Balu, contesting the May 16 assembly election as the PMK nominee from Ulundurpet constituency, sparked protest by government officials and police said they have registered a case against the candidate on charges of abusing an official.
Balu had lodged a complaint with the election officials regarding alleged distribution of money by AIADMK and DMK activists in the high-profile constituency to lure voters and demanded action. DMDK-PWF-TMC chief ministerial candidate Vijayakant is also among the contestants in Ulundurpet constituency.
Alleging that the officials had failed to take any action on his complaint and money was being distributed, an agitated Balu went to the office of the election officer along with his supporters. He showered the currency notes on the officer claiming they were distributed by DMK and AIADMK to the local people.
He also staged a protest along with his partymen.
Taking objection to his behaviour, employees of revenue department held a demonstration in front of the Tehsildar office demanding action against the PMK nominee.
Police said a case had been registered against Balu and 47 others following a complaint from the election officer.
The Election Commission on Saturday deferred polling in Aravakurichi constituency to May 23, citing “unlawful” activities of candidates and political parties in “bribing” voters.