BJP urges EC to ensure free, fair R K Nagar by-polls

By PTI Published on Mar 15, 2017 10:24 AM IST

Coimbatore: The Tamilnadu BJP has alleged that money was being circulated among the voters in the run-up to the 12 April R K Nagar by-poll in Chennai and urged the Election Commission to ensure a free-and-fair election.

"Even before the poll process has begun, money is being circulated in the constituency. The Election Commission should ensure a free-and-fair election and monitor the (poll) process from the beginning itself," Tamilnadu BJP Chief Tamilisai Soundararajan said.

Speaking to reporters at the city airport, she said the party's Parliamentary Board meeting on 16 March in Chennai would decide the candidate from the RK Nagar seat. On the alleged suicide of JNU research scholar Muthukrishnan who hails from Salem in Tamilnadu, Tamilisai said there should be an 'in-depth' probe into the incident.

Moreover, she added that 'total protection' should be provided to students from Tamilnadu studying in other States. She also alleged that the State had no administrative capability to solve the burning issues such as the acute drinking water shortage, which should be addressed on a 'war-footing'.

Tamilisai also threatened that the BJP would stage State-wide agitations, like the DMK, if the government did not ensure the regular supply of ration items within a week.