Congress Can­di­dates File Nom­i­na­tions for ‘By-polls’

Party re­vises the form at the last minute to cor­rect the ‘typ­ing er­ror’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Va­sudha.Venu­gopal @times­group.com

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

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