Friday, April 8, 2011

AIADMK files complaint against Stalin

DMK leader and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin talking with a student during a tea-break of his campaign near Kumarapalayam. Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan.
Stung by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin’s reported remark about the marital status of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, her party today filed a complaint against him with the Election Commission demanding immediate action.
Stalin’s remark was “malicious and was beyond all limits of decency”, the complaint, filed a day after the EC issued a notice to Ms. Jayalalithaa for allegedly making personal remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, said.
AIADMK Rajya Sabha member P H Manoj Pandian in a written compliant to Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer, said Mr. Stalin made “derogatory and defamatory remarks” against Ms. Jayalalithaa in Namakkal on Friday last during a campaign for the April 13 Assembly polls.
Quoting Mr. Stalin from a Tamil daily as saying that the AIADMK chief was not married and so was not interested in funding other women’s weddings, Mr. Pandian said it was “no way connected with the public activities of the leader.”
Terming the speech as a “clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct,” Mr. Pandian, who is also State Advocate Wing Secretary of AIADMK, demanded immediate action against Mr. Stalin.
AIADMK has sought two days time to reply to the EC’s notice to her. Ms. Jayalalithaa’s ally and DMDK leader Vijayakant has also been slapped with similar notice for his reported personal attacks on Mr. Karunanidhi.

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