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Campaign begins for bypoll

Staff Reporter


KANCHEEPURAM: Finance Minister C. Ponnaiyan on Friday launched the campaign of AIADMK candidate Mythili Thirunavukkarasu.

Ms. Mythili said she strived for the betterment of weavers and other sections of society as her husband the late MLA, Thirunavukkarasu, did. Though several people made pleas orally demanding basic infrastructure, she said she told them that she was not in a position to give any assurance in view of the Election Code of Conduct. At the same time, the voters were briefed about the welfare measures implemented by the AIADMK Government during the last four years.

At Salabogam, she went to the ryots working in an agricultural field and sought her votes for `two leaves'. Villagers gathered in large numbers in the streets where Ms. Mythili sought the support from voters.

Stalin campaigns

The DMK deputy general secretary, M.K. Stalin, began campaigning for party candidate P.M. Kumar at Iyyengarkulam on the outskirts of Kancheepuram town on Friday.

After hoisting party flag near a temple on Subramaniam Street, Mr. Stalin sought votes in favour of Mr. Kumar from the people, who came out of their houses on hearing `nadaswaram and thavil', which formed the bandwagon of the campaign procession. As Mr. Stalin walked through the streets, several people both old and young shock hands with him. Mr. Stalin also visited a handloom unit on the East Street, Iyyengarkulam during the campaign. Senior party leaders and MLAs, Duraimurugan and K. Ponmudi took part in the campaign.


Later talking to reporters, he justified the Democratic Progressive Alliance's demand for deployment of Central paramilitary forces by stating that the DMK and its allies wanted the byelection to be held in a peaceful and democratic manner.

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