By-Poll Result, a Himalayan Defeat for EC: Stalin
DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Sunday sought to downplay the result of the R.K. Nagar bypoll, describing it as a “Himalayan defeat” for the Election Commission rather than his own party. His comments came even as party spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan admitted that the result was a blow to the DMK.
Ever since the date for the byelection was announced, Mr. Stalin had been insisting that his party would win the contest hands down, and that neither the ruling AIADMK candidate, E. Madhusudanan, nor T.T.V. Dhinakaran would be in a position to even retain their deposits. The result, though, has revealed the prevalence of an entirely different mood on the ground, as it was DMK candidate Marudu Ganesh who ended up losing his deposit.
Downplaying his party’s defeat, Mr. Stalin said, “It would be appropriate to say that it is a Himalayan defeat for the Election Commission and not for the DMK candidate. Even after the High Court issued directions, money was distributed in a ‘hawala manner’ and the EC officials and the police remained mute spectators.”
The EC did not even lift its finger against money distribution, he said, adding that the 24,651 votes polled by Mr. Marudu Ganesh had proved that the people still had faith in democracy, even in such a “bleak atmosphere”.