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Vaiko on why Congress won LS polls

May 19, 2009 16:38 IST

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko on Tuesday alleged that the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam and the Congress had won the just concluded Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu using money and muscle power.

Both parties had 'exploited' the poverty-stricken people in the state and spent crores of rupees in each constituency to win the polls, Vaiko told reporters.

He alleged that his defeat in Virudhunagar constituency was due to irregularities and manipulation of the Electronic Voting Machine. "There was a difference in votes polled and counted, clearly indicating that the EVMs were manipulated," he said.

"Similar was the case in Sivaganga constituency, where All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's Raja Kannappan lost by just over 3,500 votes to Congress' P Chidambaram," Vaiko said.

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