Independent candidate urges ban on government concessions to non-voters

Noor Mohammad (63) hails from Sundarapuram in Coimbatore. He has studied up to the fifth standard and is self-employed.

He has been contesting as an independent candidate in all the elections including Ward Councilor, MLA and MP for 36 times since 1996 besides securing very few votes. He has also contested in various by-elections including Andipatti, Sathankulam, Thiruchendur, Madurai West, Pennagaram, RK Nagar and Thirumangalam. He has contested for the 36th time as an independent candidate in the Coimbatore Kinathukadavu constituency.

In this situation only 72.78% votes have been polled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. In most of these places, the turnout was much lower. Speaking to the press, Noor Mohammad said that it is unfortunate that the number of voters in Tamil Nadu has decreased.

“The families of those who do not cast their votes should be deprived of government benefits, including voter cards. As the turnout was low, besides the Election Commission insisting on 100% turnout and raising various awareness campaigns, people would come forward to vote only if the Commission takes severe action,” he added.

He said that he had spent 40 thousand rupees including deposits in this election and that each election would cost 30 thousand rupees to 40 thousand rupees. He said that he was spending his own money and trying to make a difference to the people.

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