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Election Commission calls off polls in Tamil Nadu's Vellore over cash haul

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 16, 2019, 07.58 PM (IST)

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday called the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu's Vellore constituency as cancelled. 

As per reports, a few days back a large sum of cash was allegedly seized from a DMK candidate's office. 

"Accepting the recommendation of EC dated 14th April 2019, the President has rescinded the election to Vellore parliamentary constituency, Tamil Nadu," the Election Commission said today.  

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Last month, the Income Tax department and Election Commission officials had raided DMK treasurer Durai Murugan's residence in Vellore, and reportedly seized a large amount of unaccounted cash.

Raids were also conducted at Kingston Engineering College and Durai Murugan B.Ed College, which are owned by Kadhir Anand. 

Vellore was supposed to go polls in the second phase of the Lok Sabha election, scheduled this Thursday. 

As per the seat-sharing arrangement of Congress-DMK alliance, the Vellore seat has gone to DMK. Similarly, an alliance of BJP-AIADMK and other regional parties has conceded the seat to AIADMK.

The DMK has fielded Kadhir Anand from Vellore Parliamentary constituency against AIADMK's AC Shanmugam.