Campaigning for the prestigious Kolathur Assembly constituency in Chennai picked up momentum on Saturday with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam nominee and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam founder Vijayakant canvassing.
While Mr. Stalin, accompanied by a host of people, including his wife Durgavathi and Chennai Mayor M. Subramanian, began his campaign after garlanding the Ambedkar statue near Thiru Vi Ka Nagar bus stand [falling under the Kolathur constituency], Mr. Vijayakant was in Kolathur to support the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and started his tour of the area from near Rettai Eri.
Mr. Stalin, focussing on the DMK government's achievements, reminded voters that apart from fulfilling electoral promises in 2006, the government was implementing several people-welfare schemes that had not been assured.
He also gave an account of projects being executed for the benefit of the people of Chennai.
He explained how the Perambur flyover, which was designed during the previous regime of the DMK, was neglected by the AIADMK regime during 2001-2006. Once the DMK came back to power in 2006, the project was completed and the facility put to use.
Terming the AIADMK-led front a confused alliance, Mr. Stalin alluded to Mr. Vijayakant and asked whether he and Ms. Jayalalithaa would jointly campaign. “Will he share the dais with her?” he wondered.
The DMDK founder, campaigning for the AIADMK candidate Saidai S. Duraisamy, criticised the DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for aligning with the Congress.
He contended that C.N. Annadurai had formed the DMK to take on the Congress. How could the DMK leader claim that he was following the Anna path, the DMDK leader asked.
Mr. Vijayakant commended Mr. Duraisamy for running an organisation to coach youth who wanted to join the Indian Administrative Service. Hereafter, he would be called “Kolathur Duraisamy,” not Saidai Duraisamy, the DMDK leader said.