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COIMBATORE: The electorate in Coimbatore district could see a different set of candidates in the ensuing elections to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. They are members of the Makkal Sakthi (Lok Satta), relatively novices to elections. Lok Satta would be fielding these “candidates with a difference for bringing in a change.”
Talking to The Hindu, M. Vijay Anand, founder of Fifth Pillar India and full-time activist against corruption, said there was a need to put an end to the culture of blaming the system for all the ills and that the change had to begin first with the electorate for bringing in “clean and good governance”. Good, clean and educated people should enter the fray and tell the people on the changes that they could bring in, he added.
Lok Satta would be fielding as many as six candidates in Coimbatore District. The electorate, fed up with the existing political parties and candidates would have a different choice this time. This choice would help voters refrain from abstaining from the democratic exercise and also help in healthy increase in polling percentage.
The candidates were either involved in social service or belonged to public interest groups such as Fifth Pillar India, a movement for fighting corrupt practices in Government offices. The following are the candidates:
M. Vijay Anand (42), an engineer in Information Technology. Had worked in Washington from 1997-2008. He would contest from Coimbatore South.
Kannammal Jagadeesan (65) had planted two lakh trees recently. A person who had spent most of her time in growing herbal medicine plants and ensuring the welfare of tribal people. She would be fielded in Thondamuthur.
P. Dhandapani (46), a diplomate in mechanical engineering and involved in social service for orphaned children in homes and ensuring their education. A member of the Fifth Pillar India. To contest from Singanallur.
K. Durairaj (34), a goldsmith by profession, a specialist in acupressure and water therapy. Would try his luck from Coimbatore North.
Dr. Ilango Balakrishnan (72), an academician, winner of many awards and who had frequented many countries. The former vice-chancellor of Bharathiar University would be a contestant from Kinthukkadavu.
V. Viswanathan (25), a visual communication student, activist in Sigaram Foundation for service to the poor and needy and perhaps the youngest candidate. Set to fight it out from Kavundamapalayam.
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