The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the Election Commission’s response to a petition alleging that bribing of voters has taken place in all Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu.
With 39 seats, Tamil Nadu sends the fifth largest contingent of MPs to the Lok Sabha in a general election. It will elect parliamentarians on April 18, and MLAs in by-elections scheduled to be held on two polling days — April 18 and May 19.
The petitioner said each voter has been paid around Rs 5,000 and pleaded that the poll panel must be asked to postpone polls in all 39 Lok Sabha constituencies.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Electoral Officer has said cash worth Rs 135.41 crore has been seized since the Model Code of Conduct came into force.
In addition, he said, liquor worth over Rs 37 lakh, drugs and narcotic substances worth over Rs 37 lakh, 1022 kg of gold, 645 kg of silver, and precious metals worth over Rs 294 crore have also been seized.
The Indian Express has reported that the Election Commission has recommended cancelling the Lok Sabha election in Vellore in a proposal sent to the President of India. Earlier, a case had been filed against DMK candidate Kathir Anand and others following cash recoveries made during raids by the Income Tax department.
The Election Commission has said it has issued no orders yet about the cancellation.