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DMK complains to EC about pleas on FM radio to vote for change

india Updated: Apr 11, 2011 20:33 IST

DMK on Sunday asked the Election Commission to stop messages aired by some FM radio channels and SMS doing rounds to vote for a 'change' in the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, saying opposition has created an impression that it was being done at the behest of the EC.

"Opposition parties are creating an impression among voters that such activities are being done at the behest of the EC," the DMK said in a complaint to Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quaraishi and state Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar.

DMK said this was "sending out a wrong message" to voters and the EC should order a stop to the campaign.

The Election Commission has come under constant attack from the ruling DMK with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi repeatedly taking potshots at it saying its actions had created an "Emergency like situation" in the state.

Stating that EC functionaries should be fair and impartial, Karunanidhi had yesterday asked the Central Government to think about "what the commission's powers should be and to what extent it should go" while appointing members to the poll body in future.

Tamil Nadu elections has come under close scrutiny of the EC which has cracked down on distribution of money to voters with its flying squads checking vehicles, including ambulances, to curb money power.

The CEC has described Tamil Nadu as a 'challenging' case among the four states going to polls in different phases this month.