TRICHY: Going by the cadre reactions to the recent campaign of DMDK treasurer Premalatha Vijayakanth, where she seems to have received a ‘superior treatment’, one must be forgiven for thinking that the scene has not gone down well with the AIADMK functionries. The workers said that they felt insulted to see their leaders not receiving equal treatments as a leader in its alliance. The incident happened in the campaign for DMDK candidate Dr V Elangovan, where two AIADMK ministers and incumbent MP were seen standing outside vehicle while Premalatha was in comfy inside.
Campaigning for five minutes, the DMDK’s treasurer at Andar Street here on Monday did not even step out of the vehicle. However, the two AIADMK ministers including backward class welfare minister S Valarmathi and Tourism Minister Vellamandi N Natarajan, and incumbent Trichy MP P Kumar were standing adjacent to the window of DMDK campaign vehicle.
Stating that they have seen such superior treatments previously only to former chief minister and AIADMK chief J.Jayalalithaa, cadres expressed their discontent at the event. “Many cadres were upset about the way she (Premalatha Vijayakanth) campaigned. Even some of the DMDK cadres didn’t like the way their leader addressed public by being seated in the vehicle while AIADMK leaders were standing outside,” a functionary with AIADMK urban district unit said.
It seems that the party workers have insisted the AIADMK functionaries stressing them not to lower the party’s dignity. Not only the Monday’s campaign, but AIADMK cadres had expressed their disappointments at tourism minister and Trichy East MLA Vellamandi Natarajan for showing up for campaign of DMDK’s Vijaya Prabhakaran, son Vijayakanth last week here.
“Perhaps the tourism minister should have sent the area secretary to attend Vijayakanth son’s campaign but he made himself available. We didn’t enjoy it much,” an AIADMK cadre added. During the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami’s campaigns for DMDK candidates who is fray for four parliamentary segments, except in Trichy, the respective constituency’s candidate was seen holding the placards of DMDK’s election symbol Nagara.
But in Trichy, during the chief ministers’ campaign, it is the tourism minister at Gandhi Market meeting who had held the placard displaying DMDK’s symbol. When questioned on whether the disappointment among the cadres over submissiveness of AIADMK leaders would affect the poll prospects of the alliance, AIADMK cadres maintained that such disappointments will not reflect in election work.