EC holds crucial meet with TN parties
Chennai: With political parties of Tamilnadu plunging into election work for the 2016 Assembly polls, Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni advised the contesting parties to avoid personal attacks against other party members and confi ne their criticism to party principles.
The CEO was speaking this morning at the meeting convened by the Election Commission in Tamilnadu with political parties that are contesting the polls to discuss complaints of violation of the model code of conduct and election expenditure.
With almost all parties taking up social media campaigns this time round, the norms to run such a campaign were also discussed at the meeting, t is learnt. Representatives from each party presented their grievances to CEO Lakhoni and sought clarification on the action taken by the Election Commission on various issues.
The party representatives present at the meeting were DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan and legal secretary Girirajan; BSP State executive committee member Bharatidasan and general secretary Rajinikanth; BJP general secretary K T Raghavan and election wing representative Balachandran; CPI(M) district secretary of north Chennai Bakyan; DMDK literary wing leader Ravindran and advocate Santosh; Congress general secretary Jyothi; AIADMK Deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman; CPI?s Murthy and an NCP representative.
Pitching in for the Election Commission in its mission to ensure 100 per cent voting during the upcoming elections, the Greater Chennai Corporation organised an awareness rally along with Ethiraj College faculty and students in the city this morning.
Election officials R Balasubramanian and T Murali took part in the rally and were joined by the students of Ethiraj College and college principal, Dr A Nirmala.