QChennai: Vellore LS Polls Cancelled; I-T Raids Kanimozhi’s Home

1. Election to Vellore Lok Sabha Seat Cancelled After Cash Seizures

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, 16 April, rescinded the election to the Vellore parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu, accepting the recommendation of the EC dated 14 April, the poll body said in a statement.

Earlier reports had suggested that the election in the constituency would be cancelled over excess use of money power, in the wake of cash seizures from DMK leaders over the last two weeks. At least Rs 11.5 crore cash was seized from a warehouse in the constituency, with the seat scheduled to go to polls on 18 April.

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2. I-T Dept Raids DMK Leader Kanimozhi’s House, Says ‘Found Nothing’

The raid comes two days before Tamil Nadu goes to polls in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Income Tax (I-T) department on Tuesday, 16 April conducted a raid at DMK leader Kanimozhi’s residence in Thoothukudi based on the information shared by local administration.

I-T officials alleged that “lots of cash (is) stashed on the first floor of her house” adding that they arrived for verification, reported NDTV. However, after the search was over, the I-T officials told ANI that they “found nothing.” The raid comes two days before Tamil Nadu goes to polls in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

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3. 323 Areas Identified to Check Cash Distribution

Action plan prepared to monitor expenditure: DEO.  

The Chennai District Election Office has identified 174 localities in the South Chennai, 41 in the North Chennai and 108 in the Central Chennai Parliamentary constituencies to prevent cash distribution ahead of the election on Thursday. Chennai District Election Officer and Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said election officials had prepared an action plan for monitoring expenditure in sensitive areas.

The areas will be kept under surveillance of the flying squad and static surveillance teams during the last three days of the poll. Central paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the areas. Five localities in Tiruvottiyur, 19 in RK Nagar, five in Perambur, three in Kolathur, four in Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar and five in Royapuram have been identified as ‘expenditure sensitive.’ Six areas in Villivakkam, 23 in Egmore, 21 in Harbour, 26 in Chepauk-Triplicane, 13 in Thousand Lights and 19 in Anna Nagar are expenditure sensitive.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Omnibus Operators Hike Fares Ahead of Polls

Fares of omnibuses from Chennai to other parts of State have witnessed a surge by 50 to 70% over last few days.

The election season is an opportunity for many to make a fast buck. The travel operators too are making the most of it. As thousands are expected to head home to exercise their franchise on April 18 and enjoy a long weekend, the omnibus operators have allegedly increased fares.

The fares of omnibuses from Chennai to other parts of the State have witnessed a surge by 50 to 70 per cent over the last few days. The fares of non-AC buses from Chennai to Madurai are priced at Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 as against the regular Rs 600 to Rs 700. Similarly, the sleeper berths in AC buses for the same costs between Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,000 as against Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,200.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Over 1.4 Lakh Police Personnel on Poll Duty

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Over 1.4 lakh police personnel have been deployed on bandobust duty for the Lok Sabha election on Thursday and counting day on 23 May. Of the total strength of State police, which is now 1.16 lakh, over 90,000 will be deployed, besides 160 companies of Central paramilitary forces. Uniformed personnel from the Fire, Prison and Forest Departments, home guards, NSS volunteers and retired police personnel are on duty in addition to police and Central forces.

The Central forces will take positions in the assigned polling stations on the eve of polling day. The personnel should be primarily responsible for protecting the polling stations and regulating the entry inside the polling stations and exit points.

(Source: The Hindu)

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