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    TNCC ridicules AIADMK boycott of by-polls

    Chennai (PTI): The Congress in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday claimed that fear of defeat had prompted the AIADMK to boycott the August 18 by-polls for five seats in the state.

    'They are afraid that they will lose.That is why they have decide to boycott the bypolls,' TNCC President K V Thangkabalu told reporters here after meeting Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at his residence along with CLP leader D Sudarsanam.

    The AIADMK on Monday decided to boycott the byelections, saying it had no hopes of a fair, free and impartial polls with the DMK and the UPA at the helm.

    Mr. Thangkabalu said they discussed the bypolls with Karunanidhi and the party had sought Srivaikundam and Thondamuthur seats from DMK, with which Congress has an alliance.

    In the 2006 elections, M Selvaraj of the Congress won the Srivaikundam seat and senior Congress leader S R Balasubramaniam lost to MDMK's M Kannappan at Thondamuthur.

    While Selvaraj's death caused the bypoll at Srivaikundam, Kannappan's resignation from the assembly to join the DMK had necessitated the bypoll there.

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