Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tamil Nadu a challenging case: CEC

M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of  Tamil Nadu and leader of DMK, speaks during a meeting at party headquarters in Chennai March 8, 2011. The Congress party and DMK appeared closer to a deal on Tuesday to keep the ruling coalition with a parliamentary majority after threats to quit the government sparked worries of instability. REUTERS/Babu
New Delhi: Calling Tamil Nadu a "challenging case", the Election Commission today it cannot "close its eyes to rampant malpractices" there and rejected the charge levelled by DMK and PMK that it has imposed emergency in the state.

"Can we be faulted for discharging our Constitutional responsibilities sincerely and earnestly? Can we close our eyes to the rampant malpractices?", Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi said.

He was reacting to criticism by political parties in the state "for being over restrictive and for harassment".

The Commission has enforced stringent measures to curb use of money power in the current round of assembly elections in states, especially in Tamil Nadu, where there has been widespread attempts to bribe voters by paying them cash.

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