In a continuing series of feuds between the AIADMK-BJP and the DMK-Congress camps in Tamil Nadu , AIADMK, on Thursday, has filed a complaint with EC , against DMK president MK Stalin for violating Model Code of Conduct when he allegedly spoke to the media at the polling booth after casting his vote in Teynampet, Chennai in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections.
The letter, written by Babu Murugavel, the News Bureau Co-ordinator of AIADMK claims that the DMK Chief addressed the media with an intention to divert the mindset of the general voters claiming he voted for change.
He further claims that Stalin has made frivolous allegations against the Centra and State Government in Thursday's media interaction, to win the favour of the voters.
Read the letter here:
After casting his vote on Thursday, Stalin had urged voters to vote for change and not be influenced by money saying:
"I urge all voters to come and vote so as to bring about a change in the government. All of you should vote. I hope people are not influenced by money being distributed by some parties."
He then went on to accuse the Election Commission of 'working as an ally of the ruling governments in the Centre and the State. He also said that he hopes that the Election Commission attends to all EVMs that have developed snags in various places and that the polling takes place in a safe and proper manner in his state.
Earlier, on April 1, Madras High Court had dismissed a code violation plea filed by Murugavel against Stalin calling it 'infructuous'. Murugavel had claimed Stalin and the DMK, with an intention to cause disrepute and to defame and damage the name and reputation of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, have been circulating video clips and making allegations linking the Chief Minister to the Kodanad Estate murder and robbery case. Following Murugavel's complaint, the EC office had already served a notice to Saptharishi of DMK Mavatta Manavargal Iyakkam seeking an explanation.
The second phase of Lok Sabha polls is underway in 12 states and 1 union territory on Thursday. With 95 Lok Sabha seats in the fray and 52 of them belonging to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, phase two is a battle for the southern vote. Tamil Nadu, where all 38 Lok Sabha seats are going to polls, is where the BJP-AIADMK-PMK alliance is clashing with DMK-Congress duo.