Congress Candidates File Nominations for ‘By-polls’
Party revises the form at the last minute to correct the ‘typing error’
Chennai: An oversight by the Congress party leaders in Tamil Nadu or what the party calls a ‘small typing error’ in its candidature forms has unnerved most of its 41 candidates.
The party’s ‘symbol forms’, considered most important for validation of their candidature, say they are standing for “Tamil Nadu byelections” and not assembly polls.
When the matter was pointed out, the state Congress leaders sprung into action. A letter sent by M Jothi, General Secretary, TNCC on April 28 asked the candidates to immediately bring back their submitted forms as they had a ‘small typing error’ and take copies of new forms which have been issued. They were asked to do so and submit them by Friday. As Friday was the last day for filing of nominations, anxiety and desperation prevailed among the Congress candidates. The forms were given to people last week after the list of the candidates were announced by the party. The goof up has led to these Congress leaders making several trips to the office in Chennai from various districts. A Congress candidate explained there are two forms as part of validating names of the candidates sent by the political party. "The B form says 'by elections' instead of general elections in two places. It is sad that instead of focussing on our campaigns we are getting worried about this mistake on our forms, which could have been easily avoided if our State office bearers had been careful," a Congress candidate said. Another one added it was in the nick of time that the mistake was ‘caught’ or all 40 odd candidates could have been rejected or declared as independent candidates,
These forms are usually submitted to the returning officer after they are filled up by the candidate. The process usually is to be supervised and scrutinised by President of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee EVKS Elangovan and other senior office bearers of the State party unit, as authorised by Mukul Vasnik, who is in charge of the Congress party in Tamil Nadu.
Senior congress leaders said it was an irregularity, not an illegality. “We have consulted the Election commission and solved the problem. They have assured us the nominations will not be affected. It was just a typing mistake, "a senior state party leader told ET. He did not wish to be named.
We have consulted EC. They have assured us the nominations will not be affected, a senior state party leader said