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All polling booths ready; police take their post

As the sun set on Wednesday, workers gave a final touch to arrangements made at the polling booths in this area. Across Thiruvanmiyur, Velachery, Adyar, Mylapore and T. Nagar there was action at all the designated booths.

Workers are quick to get the basic job done. Set up tables and chairs, erect dividers to create queues for voters and since the heat is on they rise, shamans were also erected to provide shade to those in the queue.

By end of day, policemen assigned to each booth had also taken to their post, though they all looked bored.

Polling staff will come in tonight or early, by 5.30 am on April 24.

Polling must start at 7 am and ends only at 6 pm, not 5 pm as has been the case in the past.

The leading candidates in the contest

The leading candidates in the fray: top row ; AIADMK’s Dr Jayavaradhan, Lok Satta Party’s Jai Ganesh and Congress’ S V Ramani; bottom row; AAP’s Jahir Hussain, BJP’s L Ganesan and DMK’s E K S Elangovan

Campaign comes to a close

Campaigning ended this evening at 6 pm. As it did in the rest of the state.

On Monday, leaders of the AIADMK and DMK ran a whirlwind tour of the three constituencies of the city ending with large public meetings. 

On Tuesday afternoon, DMK leader hit a furious campaign pace, making stops in kuppams and interior colonies before heading for a public meeting.

Meanwhile, work has begun at the polling booths to set up the furniture and the spaces in place for polling on April 24. In some venues where polling is to take place, info boards have been erected listing streets and roads where residents of the area need to queue to vote.

One of the leading English newspapers, carried a paid feature advertorial featuring the AIADMK candidate of Chennai South. Inserted in other dailies were handbills of other candidates/parties listing promises and making appeals.

Jayalalithaa to campaign in city from April 19

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa is expected to tour the city as part of the AIADMK party’s election campaign from April 19 onwards.

She is expected to address meetings at various places for her party’s candidates.

On April 21, she plans to campaign for the Chennai South candidate Dr Jeyavardan who resides in R. A. Puram. The meetings are to be in Perungudi, MGR Nagar and T. Nagar ( bus stand) that day.

But as of now, the schedule does not include any meetings in the Adyar/ Mylapore neighborhood.

AAP, Lok Satta carry out focussed campaigns but visibility is still low

Two recent parties in the fray – the Lok Satta Party and the AAP – have been going about their campaigns in some focussed manner though it is  taking its time to make an impact.

Lok Satta cadres are using various smart communication to keep the media and well wishers posted on their campaigns – bike rallies, street plays and the sort. But their symbol or party name is just not seen anywhere.

AAP made a big splash in Mylapore this past week with a public meeting at a well known space called Mangolai near the Sri Kapali Temple zone. Over 1000 people sat for the meeting; though the dampener was that AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, the star speaker spoke for a very short time and the big audience were disappointed. AAP lost a chance to make some more impact.

But Yadav had more campaign stops that evening and later, attended a dinner at which guests paid Rs.2000 per head – a fund raiser this was. AAP cadres had also spread the towel at the Mylapore public meeting to collect funds from the public.

Low-key campaign continues

This typical election campaign has existed in this constituency too. Drive the caravans into colonies where one expects to garner more votes. Which means the caravans move into the Housing Boards, the kuppams on they coast for fisher folks and others and to the congested zones.

The public meetings have been few and far between and the walls off the streets and roads are bereft of wall posters and screaming graffiti and colorful artworks.

One recent morning Congressman Shashi Tharoor landed up to campaign for his Congress colleague S V Ramani. The caravan went around Adyar and that neighborhood.

On another day, the BJP’s L Ganesan pushed his electioneering into the sea, with cadres hiring local fishing boats to let the campaigner say hello to members of the fishing community. The party has appointed a key operator is each zone of the constituency who leads small teams into inner colonies.

The AIADMK has a prominent office/shed opposite the tank of Sri Kapali Temple ( its west side) and similar offices in T Nagar and Virugambakkam; which serves as local nerve centers.

With such a low-key campaign it will be quite revealing if one asked residents of the area names of the candidates; they may know which parties are in the fray.