The Vellore Lok Sabha seat was the single constituency that didn't go to poll on April 18 when the rest of Tamil Nadu was participating in the Lok Sabha and by-polls, following mass cash seizures on the DMK's side. The poll is scheduled for August 5 and Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has not stopped himself for blaming MK Stalin
Vellore: After DMK chief MK Stalin blamed the AIADMK for the cancellation of Lok Sabha poll in Tamil Nadu's Vellore constituency, state chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday (July 28) hit out at Stalin stating that it only happened after the seizure of huge amounts of cash from the houses of "those known" to him.
Campaigning in the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency, where election will be held on August 5, Palaniswami also accused Stalin of telling a "blatant lie" on the issue.
Both the leaders traded charges on the issue of alleged use of money for votes.
Vellore was supposed to go to polls on April 18 but the Election Commission (EC) cancelled it after huge amount of cash was recovered from an associate of a DMK leader.
The AIADMK has fielded its ally New Justice Party leader AC Shanmugham as its candidate while the DMK candidate is Kathir Anand, the son of party leader Durai Murugan.
Palaniswami referred to Stalin's speech calling it a lie. "We did not cancel the elections. MK Stalin is blatantly lying. The cash was seized from the homes of those he knew," he alleged.
He also said there was no dynasty politics in the AIADMK and even a farmer like him could rise to the level of chief minister.
"Even the DMK candidate for this Lok Sabha seat is a heir. After M Karunanidhi, only Stalin and his son can hold top posts," he said.
Stalin, campaigning in Vaniyampadi, hit back at Palaniswami for raising dynasty politics issue, pointing to deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam's son P Ravnidranath being elected from Theni Lok Sabha seat.
"We all know how Panneerselvam's son won the Theni district polls. I do not want to discuss about that now,” he said.
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