Senior Tamil Nadu Minister and ADMK leader CV Shanmugam invited fresh trouble as he has been booked by the police for distributing money for people who had welcomed him. The development has come when the state is four days ahead of the crucial assembly polls and when the Election's Model Code of Conduct is in effect in the state, which bans the candidates from distributing money to the people.
According to reports, CV Shanmugam, who is the sitting Tamil Nadu Law minister, is contesting from the Villupuram constituency in ADMK's ticket in the upcoming polls. He is one of the senior leaders in the state ruling party who has a stronghold in Villupuram and some of the northern districts. He has been intensely campaigning in Villupuram to win the polls and on Friday, the Villupuram district police had booked the minister for distributing money.
Shanmugam had arrived in Villupuram on Friday for campaigning and several women had gathered to give him a traditional welcome. As they welcomed the minister, Shanmugam was seen distributing money for everyone who was welcoming him. As the Election norms strictly ban the candidates from providing money for voters which amounts to bribing their votes, Shanmugam's act had invited legal charges against him.
The Election Commission had received the complaint following which the electoral body directed to take action against the senior minister. The Villupuram police had booked the case against CV Shanmugam under the grounds of distributing money to the people.
As the election campaign is going to end soon, the national and state political leaders are unfolding the final phase of campaign rallies with Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigning in Madurai on Friday in support of the ADMK-BJP alliance. The election campaign will come to an end on April 4 and the state will go to the single-phase poll on April 6 and the votes will be counted on May 2, during which the results will be announced.