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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Complaints give CEO sleepless nights

CHENNAI: Complaints regarding the by-election to Tiruchendur and Vandavasi constituencies are flooding the mobile phone as well as the landline of Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta, giving him sleepless nights for the past few days.Most of the calls are coming in late night, said the CEO at a press conference, here on Wednesday. When asked about the number of complaints he had received about the irregularities during the campaign for the by-election, the CEO said he could not maintain an account.“For instance, last night I got a call at 12 midnight about an attack on some volunteers of political parties in Tiruchendur. Immediately, the matter was referred to the DIG concerned and later I got the message that people belonging to both parties were detained in connection with the attack,’’ he said.Just a few days ago, the CEO got a call at 2 am about a raid at a hotel in Tiruchendur where some AIADMK leaders were staying and he had to enquire about the whole incident at that odd hour.When questioned about whether he was satisfied at the arrangements in both the constituencies’, he gave an indirect reply: “The desire for power is a common human weakness and this has to be achieved through fair means. But, for some political parties or candidates, the means are not that important as the end.’’ Recalling the adage of Mahatma Gandhi, “means are as important as the end’’, the CEO said that some political parties had unfortunately forgotten to follow this.

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