CHENNAI: The AIADMK has sought the Election Commission to take action against DMK president M. K. Stalin for addressing the media during the “silence period,” saying it was an attempt at "indirect canvassing."
Stalin had addressed news channels and criticised the leaders of other parties and this was clear violation of the model code of conduct, the party said in its complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo. Also, the ruling party sought action against MNM founder Kamal Haasan for a specific advertisement put out by it.
In the complaint party spokesperson and advocate R. M. Babu Murugavel said “silence period” had come into effect from 6 pm since Tuesday under the MCC. “The intention of Stalin is to canvas indirectly by way of addressing the press, which is against and violation of the Election Code of Conduct/Rules,” he
The AIADMK requested the CEO to take action against the DMK chief, by "issuing show cause notice for violating MCC" and also file a case against him.
In a separate complaint, the party alleged that during a media interaction after the Election Commission rescinded the April 18 Lok Sabha polls to the Vellore constituency, Stalin had "criticised" the commission for its decision, saying it was a "blatant violation" of the poll code.
The Lok Sabha election to the Vellore constituency was cancelled Tuesday by the EC following huge haul of cash from an associate of a DMK leader recently.
The AIADMK also alleged that during a recent election meeting in Kancheepuram, Stalin had reportedly urged voters to accept money and sought action against him for his remarks.
On MNM, the AIADMK told the EC that its poll advertisement in a regional daily dated April 16 carried some "unwanted photos" which was against the model code of conduct. "Direct Mr. Kamal Haasan to stop further release of the advertisement and take action against him," it said.