Any Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party candidate with criminal records and charges will not be given a ticket to contest urban local body elections, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has confirmed.
Maintaining Coordination With Allies
The minister issued an open letter to the cadres on Sunday, January 30, urging them to settle their seat-sharing with allies, and work for the victory of the DMK-led alliance across the state, Times of India reported.
After completing seat-sharing, the selection process of the candidates must be similar to the army selection process, Stalin said. Once elected, the representatives would be responsible for taking the government's schemes to the people of Tamil Nadu, the minister added.
He said the party members must adhere to the party's values and ensure good governance.
According to the reports, Stalin has met the legislatures and consulted district secretaries regarding the local polls.
Victory Is Goal
Stalin directed that the contesting process, right from selecting candidates, seat sharing, to seeking votes, should be done in coordination, with the goal of victory. He noted that leaders of the alliance had assured their support to all the constructive actions of the DMK government.
"Our alliance should not be a mere election tie-up; it should be a secular alliance, which is policy and development-oriented," TOI quoted.
Dig At Opposition
Stalin called out the BJP and AIADMK parties for inciting hatred among religious groups while taking a dig at recent incidents of communal violence. He said the communities have lived in harmony and at peace in general and under their governance.
The CM asked the party cadres to expose BJP's 'detrimental politics' and its alleged efforts to instigate Tamil Nadu's religious communities against each other. The state will never permit a non-secular mindset, he said.
"Expose the two parties which are against the welfare of the people, and tell them that the state would never permit a non-secular force to get a foothold in the state," TOI quoted him as saying.
The elections are scheduled to be held for 21 corporations, 148 municipalities and town panchayats of Tamil Nadu.
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