2019 Lok Sabha polls: ECI claims 44 electoral cases against political parties in Tamil Nadu

With 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the closest, Election Commission’s inquiry into the political parties and the politicians is at its peak. The Election Commission of India has filed 44 complaints against Tamil Nadu’s political parties asserting the violation of electoral principles while the Model Code of Conduct is in effect.

The chief electoral officer of Tamil Nadu, Satyabrata Sahoo, alleged the political parties of committing electoral crimes in a press meet on Thursday while he announced the number of nominations accepted by the Election Commission.

Out of the total 44 cases, 10 cases have been filed against DMK, nine cases against AIADMK, Three cases against PMK and two cases against BJP. The remaining 17 cases have been filed against independent candidates.

Under the Representation of People’s Act, section 171 of the Indian Penal Code, (Wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent) and Motor Vehicle Act, 44 cases have been registered by the Election Commission that might lead in serious charges against the politicians.

932 candidates will participate in the Lok Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu, stated the Chief Electoral Officer. The last date for filing the nominations was March 26 and the last date for withdrawal of the nominations was March 29.

In Tamil Nadu, BJP will contest elections in an alliance with AIADMK. BJP will field its five candidates from Tamil Nadu as a result of the tie-up.

2019 Indian general elections in Tamil Nadu are scheduled to be held on April 18. The Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan issued the government order declaring April 18 as a public holiday in the state.

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