The Election Commission on Monday issued notices to the DMK and AIADMK, threatening to withdraw their election symbols for their alleged offering of money to voters to solicit votes for the by-polls in the Thirumangalam assembly constituency.
The EC issued a notice to the DMK on basis of a television report, which showed party leader M.K. Stalin distributing money during his campaign in Thirumangalam. The notice to the AIADMK is based on a complaint lodged on December 11 that the party workers had distributed money to voters in the same town. Both the parties have been told to reply within two days.
The controversy has turned the apparently innocuous by-election to be held on January 9 into a high-voltage drama.
DMK chief M. Karunanidhi campaigned in Thirumangalam on Monday evening to match AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa’s campaign, the latter now emboldened by support from her allies in the Left.
Both the DMK and AIADMK claim they have clinching evidence of the ‘cash scam’ against each other.