Chennai, Feb 13 (BPNS)
The opposition AIADMK which was mired in controversies over the allocation of its election symbol, ‘Two Leaves’ and the fight between the two powerful leaders, Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) and O. Panneerselvam (OPS), has however now gained momentum in the election to the Erode East by –poll. The party and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of which it is part of is focusing the campaign mainly on the ‘failure’ of the DMK government to execute and implement its poll promises.
The AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) in public rallies have been speaking about the failure of the Stalin government to implement its poll promises including abolishing NEET and Rs 1000 per month into the account of women in the state who are below the poverty line.
The former Chief Minister also said that the power tariff hike has led to the failure of several industries including the power loom sector which was a major money earner in the Erode district.
The AIADMK candidate and former MLA, K.S. Thenarassu has also stressed on the hike in property tax and the power tariff and how these have affected the lives of the common man.
BJP has also been active in the constituency and the party state president, K. Annamalai will be conducting a campaign on February 19th and 20th in the constituency.
Erode is a stronghold of the powerful Gounder community and AIADMK is expected to reap its benefit as Edappadi K. Palaniswami is one of the tallest leaders from the community.
However DMK still has the edge as the deceased MLA, E. Thirumahan Everaa had won the seat by a margin of 8924 votes in the 2021 assembly elections. In addition to this Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) leader and South Indian superstar, Kamal Haasan has extended support to the DMK-led front. Makkal Needhi Maim it may be noted has won 10,000 votes in the 2021 polls.
The DMK front candidate for the seat is EVKS Elangovan, father of the deceased legislator and this is again a positive factor for the front.