Replying to Opposition DMK’s charges, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday denied irregularities in the recent elections to rural local bodies and said the elections were held in a free and fair manner.
Intervening during the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address in the state Assembly, he said the fact that 450 independents have won the elections showed that it was held in a free, fair and neutral manner.
Denying the DMK’s charge of irregularities, he said to say the truth, there were no such incidents. Pointing out that the votes were counted by government employees and teachers, he asked, “does it mean they committed malpractices.”
He said in his Edappadi constituency in Nangavalli Panchayat Union two councillors lost by a narrow margin of two and 11 votes respectively and recounting wasnot held despite a plea made by them.
“Since a bad name will come to them (those who counted the votes) in the media, I am giving this clarification,” he told Deputy Leader of the Opposition Duraimurugan.
Stating all those involved in poll duty were neutral, straightforward and honest, Palaniswami said only because of a fair elections, 450 independents have won. They did not belong to any party or the AIADMK-led alliance or DMK-led alliance.
This clearly showed that the SEC had conducted the polls in a neutral manner.