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Salem Mayor feels let down

By Our Special Correspondent

SALEM, APRIL 16.The Mayor, Dr.G. Soodamani, and the Deputy Mayor, Mr.G.K.Subash, of the Salem Municipal Corporation, are feeling let down as neither of them could get DMK ticket in the Salem I Assembly Constituency.

The two made many a trip to Chennai, but their efforts did not fructify. The Mayor was said to have opted for either Salem I or Salem II and in fact paid the deposit money for both the seats.

But, the leadership has assigned Salem I to Mr. M.A.Ilangovan, a relative new comer. The Mayor has been nursing the constituency, attending to grievances of the people. He has been visiting all 60 wards to interact with the people.

In fact, the Mayor at times incurred the ire of certain Councillors for, he would make surprise visits to the wards without informing the members concerned. This was a topic of discussion at quite a few Corporation Council sessions, but the Mayor has taken the stand that he has every right to meet the people to redress their grievances.

The Mayor is also a good orator, reeling out statistics of the welfare schemes launched by the DMK Government. To make any meeting an interactive affair, he would elicit the response of the audience, posing pertinent questions.

The Mayor would not mind presenting deficit budgets: he would risk increasing property tax. The Deputy Mayor is eager to become an MLA, but his turn has not yet come.

The AIADMK has fielded Mr.Se.Venkatachalam, a Councillor, who is fairly well known to the citizens of Salem. And hence, the DMK veterans are worried about the prospects of Mr Ilangovan.

However, reluctant the Mayor and Deputy Mayor might be, it is believed that the overwhelming presence of the Minister for Agriculture, Mr.Veerapandi S.Arumugham, (who is contesting from his home constituency, Veerapandi) would draw them into the campaign as usual.

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