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Cadre go to great lengths for Jayalalithaa's thumping win

M. Balaganessin and Syed Muthahar Saqaf

People of Srirangam consider it as a pride to vote for her: MP

— Photo: M.Moorthy

walk to victory: Cadre of the AIADMK and its alliance parties taking out a rally in Srirangam on Monday

TIRUCHI: The cadre of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) of Srirangam Assembly constituency are in an upbeat mood.

With just 24 hours left for polling, they are preparing themselves along with the cadre of the other alliance partners, to ensure party's Chief Ministerial candidate Jayalalithaa score a thumping win here.

“It is a God given opportunity and we will take full advantage of it”, observe a cross section of the people of Srirangam town and surrounding areas.

“We have left no stone unturned to reach out to the voters and we have never been complacent at any point of time since Ms. Jayalalithaa chose to contest from this constituency.

The people of Srirangam constituency consider it as a pride to vote for Ms. Jayalalithaa and make her Chief Minister again”, says P. Kumar, Tiruchi MP, and one of the campaign coordinators in the constituency.

Ms. Jayalalithaa extensively toured the constituency for four days immediately after filing her nomination papers on March 24.

Taking cue from her, the local leaders and cadre have taken upon themselves the responsibility of mobilising the people's support in her favour. “We successfully managed to see to it that the tempo created by Ms. Jayalalithaa's whirlwind tour is maintained till the end,” Mr.Kumar says.

Systematic procedure

The party leaders drafted a systematic schedule to meet the people, particularly through door-to-door campaigning. This strategy has a greater impact on the voters and the schedule has been drafted in such a way as to suit all sections of the society.

Divided into three major segments – Srirangam town and seven village panchayats in Manapparai union; Anthanallur union; and Manikandam union – the entire constituency is being systematically covered by three teams led respectively by P. Kumar, M. Paranjothi, sitting MLA of Srirangam and K. K. Balasubramanian, former Minister.

During the door-to-door campaign, the party leaders ensured an interaction with the voters for ascertaining their needs. The convenience of the voters was also taken into account.

For instance, the agricultural labourers in the seven village panchayats in Manapparai union, falling under Srirangam constituency, were canvassed before 8 a.m., to suit their work schedule.

Feedback

“Amma has decided to nurse the entire central region in general and the Srirangam constituency in particular after forming the government. We ensure proper feedback to the party high command daily appraising the needs and the demands of the electorates”, Mr. Kumar says.

In support of this strategy he explains how Ms. Jayalalithaa immediately responded to a plea of 3,000-strong voters of the Nalam Pragharam of Tiruvanaikovil for providing the underground drainage facility.

“Through public address system, I conveyed to the voters that Ms. Jayalalithaa had assured immediate action on being returned to power,” he adds. Intensive electioneering by DMDK leader Vijayakant; election meetings by left leaders Prakash Karat and A. B.Bardhan, and a host of film personalities added colour to the campaign.

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