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DMK meet endorses Stalin's stand to move court on LB polls again

Chennai, Dec 8 (UNI) The Opposition DMK on Sunday endorsed
the stand taken by Party President M K Stalin to move the court
again on the notification issued by the Tamil Nadu State Election
Commission (SEC) to hold local body polls on December 27 and
30, except in nine newly-carved districts.
A resolution to this effect was adopted at the DMK's district
Secretary's meeting chaired by Mr Stalin.
The resolution alleged that the SEC was acting as an agent
of the ruling AIADMK and had announced the poll schedule
without properly following the Apex Court orders, which had
directed the SEC to hold the polls in nine new districts after
carrying out the delimitation exercise and reservation for SC
and STs in four months, while allowing holding of polls in the
remaining 27 districts.
Since the State government has not followed the court order,
the meeting unanimously endorses Mr Stalin's stand that the
DMK had no other option but to approach the Court again.
The resolution also reiterated that the DMK was for holding
the civic polls by following due delimitation process and
reservation for SC and STs and that it was not for stalling
the polls.
After the SEC announced the poll schedule, the DMK moved
the Apex Court, which had accepted the SEC's stand that the
polls to nine districts could be held after fresh delimitation and
reservation exercise, while allowing it to conduct it in the
remaining 27 districts.
While the DMK claimed the Apex court judgement as a big victory,
the SEC said it was not a set back, while announcing the fresh
schedule--the same dates as mentioned earlier, by excluding the
nine districts.
The DMK's resolution comes at a time when the nominations for
the two phase polls opens tomorrow.
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