Chennai: Alleging large-scale malpractices in the election to 38 Lok Sabha and by-poll to 22 Assembly Constituencies in the State, TTV Dhinakaran of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) asked the Election Commission to answer about the non-registration of votes for his party in the election in a number of polling booths across the State.
Speaking to media persons in Chennai on Sunday he said that, as per preliminary reports, the party candidates have not secured even a single vote in nearly 300 polling booths. The party posted one booth agent in all the booths and they would have at least four members in their families. They would have voted for the AMMK candidate and each party candidate would have secured at least four votes, he reasoned.
Party candidates failed to get even a single vote in Avadi and Madhavaram seats and failed to win a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls, with some even forfeiting their deposits. The party's total vote share was less than 5%.
He asked, “If in a particular booth if we got zero votes, are you telling me that even our party workers did not vote for us? In a booth, I have at least 100 people who are associated with me, my family, my friends, my associates, we got just 14 votes. Only the Election Commission can answer this question,” he added.
AMMK candidates had failed to get even a single vote in Avadi and Madhavaram seats and failed to win a single seat in Lok Sabha polls, with some even forfeiting their deposits. The party’s total vote share was less than five per cent.
The AMMK leader, said details were being collected and would shortly be presented to the poll body.
The office bearers of the party will meet in Chennai on June 1 to discuss the party’s poor performance in the election.
Dhinakaran has directed all State and District level office bearers to attend the meeting.
Dhinakaran’s comments come after the DMK called on the Election Commission to explain the suspicious movement of EVMs and VVPAT machines in the Theni and Erode constituencies.
Several other opposition parties, including the Congress, expressed similar concerns regarding EVM movement and storage across the country the day before counting and kept all-night vigils outside storerooms....