Bharathi filed the petition seeking to quash the

first_imgnotification issued by EC with regard to polling in Aravakkurichi and Thanjavur assembly segments and consequently conduct the election on May 23 itself. Earlier, senior advocate R Shanmugasundaram, appearing for Bharathi, argued that two relevant factors had not been considered by EC while deciding to further defer polling to June 13. He said Ramzan fasting by Muslims would commence on June 6 and continue till July 5 and during the period women in the community would not venture out for other purposes. Aravakurichi has about 20 per cent Muslim population, he said. Secondly, the biennial elections for six vacant Rajya Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu have already been announced and nominations are to be filed from May 24. The last date for filing nomination is May 31, Shanmugasundaram said, adding the two MLAs from Aravakurichi and Thanjavur would lose their valuable right to participate in the Rajya Sabha polls unless they are elected before the polling date. In his petition, Bharathi had submitted that the decision of EC was arbitrary and raised grave suspicion in peoples mind as no political party or general public had been consulted while deciding June 13 as the new polling date. Also, the date of counting has not been announced, he said, pointing out that EC had said it would be decided later. He said DMK had already sent a representation to EC raising “strong objection to the inconsistent and arbitrary decisions” taken by the Commission without consulting political parties that had fielded candidates. PTI COR BN PALlast_img

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