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ELECTION  CAMPAIGNING YET TO GAIN MOMENTUM

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Battle lines have now surfaced in Tiruchi constituency, where former TNCC president Su. Thirunavukarasar , DMDK’s V. Elangovan, and AMMK candidate Sarubala R. Tondaiman, former Mayor of Tiruchi city, are fancying their chances.

But, campaigning has not yet picked up.

The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kahzagam (AMMK) was the first party to announce its candidate, a former Mayor, for Tiruchi constituency ahead of the Congress and the DMDK. She has hit the campaign trail. But, for the AMMK candidate, the absence of an election symbol is being seen as a slight disadvantage.

Located at the centre of the State, Tiruchi has been a political nerve centre even at other times.

Ahead of elections, political parties conduct State-level conferences to bring their cadre to a common platform so as to boost their morale and reach out to the voters.

But, there has hardly been any political activity so far either by political parties or the candidates in Tiruchi. In the absence of campaign by star speakers, there is nothing that attracts the attention of the general public.

Dr. Elangovan, a medical practitioner, who has been brought in from Dharmapuri to test his electoral luck in Tiruchi by the DMDK, keeps himself busy by attending workers’ meeting of AIADMK alliance partners, and has started his campaign on a low-key note.

Congress nominee Mr. Thirunavukarasar is slated to visit Tiruchi only on Monday.

None of the contestants fielded by major political parties has filed nomination papers so far. It is expected that once they finish their paper work on Monday, the momentum of campaign will pick up.

But for the brief stop over by DMK president M. K. Stalin in Tiruchi a few days ago en route to Salem, no top political leaders have visited Tiruchi for campaign.

“Election time will usually whip up a festive atmosphere. But, I have not seen even any campaign vehicle with party flag till now,” says M. Seetharaman of Vayalur road.

An AIADMK leader said that the public, perhaps, would have expected a tough battle between candidates. The low spirit among voters and cadre is understandable. Electioneering will gain momentum gradually, he said.

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