A huge rush of cadre of all parties to tea stalls and hotels for nourishment
With campaign for the Lok Sabha poll picking up momentum, there is a sharp rise in business at restaurants and eateries in the city.
The campaign has gathered pace after candidates of political parties and Independents filed their nominations.
Seeking votes in support of their respective candidates, scores of cadre of the DMK, the Congress, the AIADMK, the DMDK and the AMMK are out on streets. The parties have opened election offices in different areas.
The offices, which act as converging points, attract cadre and ward level functionaries from neighbouring areas for electioneering work resulting brisk business at restaurants, tea stalls and eateries.
It has brought cheer to tea shop and restaurant owners, which see a huge rush of cadre for nourishments. Though windfall is not for all owners spread across the city, restaurants and eateries at Thillai Nagar and Central Bus Stand do brisk business. The business is said to be marginally better in non-vegetarian restaurants.
“On an average, we sell around 300 cups of tea daily. The number has almost doubled for the last few days. We see good business during evenings,” says an employee of a tea stall at Thillai Nagar.
Similarly, leading restaurants have reported sharp increase in business particularly during nights. The cadre, after completing day-to-day campaign, visit non-vegetarian restaurants in groups for dinner.
Predicting good business, some popular non-vegetarian restaurants take preparatory steps to meet sudden surge of crowd. But, contrary to expectation, it has not reflected in business of restaurants, which are famous for briyani.
“Business is very dull. Expecting good business during the campaign period, we have employed more skilled briyani masters. But we have not received not even a bulk order from political parties so far,” says S. Hakkim, proprietor, Hakkim Briyani.
He said the common kitchen at Melapudur would usually be busy with arrival of workers of various parties during elections. It was the case this election so. It could be because of enhanced vigil of election officials, he felt.