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DMK writes to EC and asks him to stop the ruling party from using CM’s photo for welfare plans

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Tamil Nadu’s opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday urged the Electoral Commission to ensure that the Pongal sop announced by Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami reaches the people through the Tamil Nadu government and not All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party, as it would affect the “level playing field”.

AIADMK coordinator Palaniswami on December 19, while launching his campaign as chief ministerial candidate for the 2021 assembly elections, announced a basket for Pongal, a multi-day harvest festival (from 14 to 17 December January 2021) in Tamil Nadu for 2.6 crore people with ration cards. They will receive 2,500 rupees in cash along with raw rice, cashews, sugar, grapes, cardamom, sugar cane and a cloth bag from the public distribution system through a token procedure. The sop would launch from January 4.

“Wherever and whenever possible, the ruling party abuses and abuses its power for personal gain and to influence voters,” wrote DMK organizing secretary RS Bharathi in his letter to state and central officials in the Election Commission of India. He added that the ‘Pongal gift cash’ was being disbursed from the government fund and not from the ruling party fund, but rather “the form and pattern in which the tokens are issued to the public show, as if the ‘Pongal Gift ‘is being awarded by the ruling AIADMK Party, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Ministers of the respective areas ”.

He said that the DMK did not oppose the plan, believing that it is necessary in a state of well-being to support people due to the Covid-19 pandemic and those affected by cyclones. The DMK had demanded that 5,000 rupees be paid to each family, he said.

DMK Chairman MK Stalin also said in a statement that the Prime Minister cannot use the AIADMK box to distribute tokens for a government scheme and that it must be done through the ration shop employees.

“Although the Model Code of Conduct has not yet been enforced,” the DMK complaint letter read, adding that it was inappropriate for the AIADMK government to use the identities of its leaders. “It would affect the equality of conditions, which is the basic concept of fair elections to guarantee democracy.”

CM Palaniswami will present the AIADMK government ‘report card’ on Tuesday listing their achievements in the last ten years since they have been in power.

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