Karunanidhi welcomes HC ruling on civic polls

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:52 GMT, Oct 5, 2016 |

DMK president M Karunanidhi today welcomed the Madras High Court order scrapping a notification for civic elections scheduled for later this month and said it has given political parties more time for poll-related works and campaign.

“I wholeheartedly welcome this ruling as it would pave the way for holding free and fair civic polls…there is no doubt it will give solace that there is now more opportunity for poll-related works and to undertake campaigning,” he said.

“the AIADMK government may prefer to go on appeal as usual rather than welcome this good judgment. Let us wait and see” he added.

Passing orders on a petition by DMK Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathy, the court declared the notification for civic polls in the state on October 17 and 19, as null and void, and directed the SEC to issue a fresh notification for holding local body elections and complete the poll process before December 31.