Puducherry, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

AIADMK Pondy Unit Secretary A Anbazhagan MLA today urged the Election Commission of India to conduct repolling in the five booths at Veerampatinam Fishermen village where there was a poll boycott threat, leading to very low polling.

Talking to mediapersons here, he said about two months back fishermen in Veerampatinam village panchayat threatened to boycott the Lok Sabha elections here on April 24 to condemn the Congress and the All India N R Congress parties for their failure to construct houses for all the tsunami affected fishermen of the village. However, the district administration as well as the Election Department had ignored this threat.

The village panchayat never allowed any political party to enter the village for canvassing and the AIADMK had lodged a complaint with the district collector and election officer Deepak Kumar. Following this, he convened an all party meeting there and allowed the political parties at the fag end of the campaign.

However, following objection from the village panchayat, on the polling day only one third of the total votes were polled in the village. More over, cases were registered agaisnt many after the elections and 90 per cent of the men in the village were living in hiding now.

There was also a clash in the village between those who exercised their franchise and those who did not turn up for voting.Since, they all belonged to the same community, there should be good relationship and harmony among them for whcih the police and district administration should take initiatives. Hence, elections in the five booths in Veerampatinam village should be cancelled and re-polling ordered, he said and added that the party had written to the Chief Election Commissioner of India in this regard.

(Posted on 29-04-2014)