Lok Sabha elections 2019 Vellore: The polling for Vellore Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu has been cancelled after the Election Commission suspected a huge influx of money to influence voters. The Election Commission said that the voting was countermanded after President Ramnath Kovind’s nod. The poll panel had earlier recommended the President to cancel the polls. Vellore was scheduled to go for polls in the second phase on April 18. Unaccounted money of 11.5 crore was seized from the office of DMK candidate.
The EC said that President has rescinded the election to Vellore parliamentary constituency where 23 candidates are contesting. The police had lodged a complaint against DMK’s contestant Kathir Anand.
In the 2014 elections, AIADMK’s B Senguttuvan won the polls, defeating BJP’s AC Shanmugam by a margin of over 50,000 votes. Tamil Nadu has a total of 39 seats, baring Vellore, rest 38 seats would go for polls in the second phase.
The upcoming election would be a litmus test for MK Stalin, son of late M Karunanidhi and Edapadi Palaniswami who is the AIDMK Chief Minister. It would be the first election after the death of Karunanidhi and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Observers have predicted that the contest would be between AIADMK and DMK. Both the regional parties have stitched an alliance with the national parties. AIADMK has come together with the ruling BJP while DMK joined Congress.
Without these parties, two new entrants are trying their luck in Tamil Nadu. Kamal Hassan’s MNM and TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK are taking part in the poll process for the first time.