Tokens to induce voters promising cash for votes which made headlines during the infamous RK Nagar bypolls had resurfaced again in the just concluded by-elections. This time it is the Perambur Assembly constituency in North Chennai where the pictures of alleged tokens are making rounds among the voters.
The AMMK functionaries, who worked in Perambur bypolls, had also informed the party high command on alleged tokens being distributed by the ruling party. “We have got pictures and videos exposing the tokens served by the AIADMK after discussing the issue with party leadership we will reach out to Election Commission,” Perambur AMMK candidate P Vettrivel told DT Next.
“This looks like the pot calling the kettle black. The AMMK, which introduced tokens in RK Nagar is trying their best to defame me using their old tactics. I had printed pamphlets and T-shirts to popularise my serial number in the ballot paper and such pamphlets are now misused,” Rajesh explained when contacted.
This is a fake campaign instigated by the AMMK and the public are watching the developments, Rajesh, who is also the North Chennai AIADMK district secretary said.
It may be noted that the political parties after losing the RK Nagar bypoll alleged that the AMMK men gave Rs 20 to voters as tokens to be bartered for Rs 6,000 after election results. However, the AMMK had refused the allegations and the matter, which went to the Madras High Court, was also dismissed due to lack of evidence in the election-related petition.
The labour dominated Perambur constituency became vacant in 2017 after the speaker P Dhanapal disqualified 18 MLAs for shifting their allegiance to rebel AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.