Ramanathapuram: Welcoming Election Commission's stringent steps against distribution of cash to voters and various other measures for the smooth conduct of April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, BJP National Secretary L Ganesan on Wednesday said the present exercise should continue.

"The same type of stringent actions has been followed in all states. No other Chief Minister had criticised the EC. Why should Karunanidhi criticise the Commission", he asked.

The EC had been forced to be very stringent as even policemen had been charged with transporting money for the ruling party, Ganesan said.

The arrest of DMK MP, Ritheesh Kumar at Rameswaram yesterday in connection with a clash between his party workers and DMDK-AIADMK volunteers proved how stringent the EC is,he said.

(Agencies)