Poll campaign to come to an end today in TN
An acrimonious campaign marked by personal attacks, both by leaders of ruling and opposition parties, for April 13 polls to the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly will come to an end Monday.
Chennai: An acrimonious campaign marked by
personal attacks, both by leaders of ruling and opposition parties, for April 13 polls to the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly will come to an end Monday.
The fate of 2,773 candidates, including DMK leader and
Chief Minister M Karunanidhi (Tiruvarur), his arch rival and
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa (Srirangam), Deputy Chief Minister
M K Stalin (Kolathur) and DMDK founder A Vijayakanth
(Rishivandyam) will be decided on Wednesday.
Personal attacks against Karunanidhi and his family members
by Jayalalithaa and Vijayakanth and against AIADMK chief by
Stalin during the electioneering and complaints by the rival
part leaders against each other to the Election Commission
forced it to send notices to these leaders seeking
While Karunanidhi harped on the theme of development,
Jayalalithaa charged the ruling party with failure on power
front, leading to frequent cuts in the state.
Hike in the prices of essential commodities was another
theme picked up by the opposition to attack the DMK government
during the campaign.
The 2G spectrum allocation scam, in which DMK leader and
former Telecom Minister A Raja has been lodged in the Tihar
jail and charge sheeted, took a back seat in the campaign,
though Jayalalithaa had mentioned about it at Perambalur, the
native place of Raja.
Jayalalithaa had alleged that the first family members of
the DMK had earned enormous wealth during the party`s five
While rebutting the charge, Stalin said Jayalalithaa had no
family and did not know the value of it. "In a way, her
charge of family rule was right as Kalaignar (Karunanidhi)
treated all Tamils as his family members. Each and every
family in the state got some benefits during his rule," he
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC President Sonia Gandhi,
AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders L K Advani,
Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi,
Left leaders Prakash Karat and A B Bardhan were some of the
national leaders who campaigned for their party`s nominees.
Charges of distribution of money to lure voters had been
raised by both DMK and AIADMK and officials had seized about
Rs 25 crore since the campaign started.
Election Commission`s restrictions made the campaign
noiseless and posters and wall writings were conspicuous by
its absence as also festivity linked with the polls.