Chennai corporation school teachers at an election awareness rally at RK Nagar on Wednesday. (Photo: DC)
Chennai: The poll campaign reached high voltage in RK Nagar. Though traffic congestion is reduced this time due to the restricted entry of cars, prominent functionaries of the AIADMK and DMK have started thronging RK Nagar, seeking votes for their candidates.
The situation is such that supporters of TTV Dhinakaran are borrowing cookers from local residents and using it for their campaign. "We are not even allowed to bring cookers from other areas for campaigning, so we are borrowing cookers from local residents of RK Nagar. Some are voluntarily campaigning for TTV Dhinakaran," said a former corporation councillor campaigning for the star rebel candidate.
"A battery of ministers is campaigning for AIADMK candidate Madhusudhanan and all MLAs and former ministers of the DMK are now frequenting the area.
This has started creating tension and we were told to increase surveillance," said a police officer based in north Chennai.
As the polling date nears, more women are joining the campaign. Women supporters are spotted more often in the rallies organized by the ruling AIADMK. Supporters of TTV Dhinakaran have roped in young cadres from other districts of the southern states.
From the ruling AIADMK, revenue minister R.B Udayakumar and dairy development minister Rajendhira Balaji spent more than two hours combing interior roads of RK Nagar seeking votes for the party symbol "two leaves". For the opposition DMK camp, MLAs Thayagam Kavi, M. Subramanian, Thangam Thennarasu and E V Velu fanned out with their groups seeking votes for the "rising sun" adding congestion to the narrow roads of Korrukupet, Washermenpet and Cemetery road. Despite RK Nagar having more than 50 independents, most of them were missing in the poll campaign.