"Why should people of Varanasi vote for you?", SC asks Tamil Nadu Leader P Ayyakannu

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Ayyakannu alleged that he and his associates were “illegally, deliberately and arrogantly” prevented from proceeding to Varanasi constituency for filing their nominations

Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by Farmer and Tamil Nadu Leader P Ayyakannu seeking an extension to file his nomination from Varanasi in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Coming down on the petitioner, Justice Vikram Nath called the petition to be a "Total Publicity Litigation".

Questioning the petitioner, court asked, "You have been working for 30 years in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, WHY SHOULD PEOPLE OF VARANASI VOTE FOR YOU?".

Your purpose of filing the petition has been served, it came in the papers, added a miffed bench.

In response, the petitioner's counsel defended his client saying, "He is 79 years old, fighting for a cause."

Filed through advocate S Mahendra, the plea alleged that Ayyakannu and other farmers were illegally deboarded from the train and detained by the police on May 10.

Court was further told that they were released in the evening, only for the sole reason that the Prime Minister was contesting from the same constituency.

Ayyakannu who is also the chief of the Desiya Thenidhiya Nathigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam, led the 2017 Tamil Nadu farmers' protest against the central government at New Delhi, demanding the agricultural loan in cooperative banks to be abandoned.