After having discussion with all parties, the Election Commission announced May 8, as the election date for Tamil Nadu Assembly Election, and decided to conduct in one spell. Nomination commencing from April 13 and closed on April 20th. For the first time, the EC has decided to change the marking of indelible ink which would now run from top of the nail to the bottom of the first joint of the left forefinger of a voter. The EC has instructed the state authorities not to allow any civil or police official above the rank of sub-inspector to be in his home district during the poll period. Instructions have also been issued that such officials would not be allowed to continue in the same district if they have completed three years of posting there during the last four years. Instructions have also been issued to videograph all critical events during the poll process and polling at sensitive and hypersensitive booths. Digital cameras would be installed inside the booths depending upon their availability.
Now all political parties are trying to get alliance with the main parties, DMK and AIADMK.
The more the merrier, but not for Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam DMK which leads a seven-party alliance in Tamil Nadu. The allies the Congress, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Indian Union Muslim Leagur no doubt can help the DMK win more votes, but they can also poke it in the eye.
The MDMK, especially, has an uneasy relationship with the DMK, and some of its leaders contacted All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK leader and Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, in a bid to cross over. DMK chief M.karunanidhi’s statement that MDMK leader Vaiko had not approached him to discuss seat sharing for the coming Assembly election showed trouble brewing within the alliance. After a few days of confusion and skirmishes, Vaiko said he was still in the alliance. According to an MDMK insider, Vaiko changed his mind at the last minute because Jayalalithaa had insisted on his speaking out against the Centre during the election campaign. CPI (M) leaders, too, played a part, reminding Vaiko that his credibility would suffer if he joined Jayalalithaa who had jailed him under POTA for over two years.
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