Tamil Diplomat

Jayalalithaa sounds the poll bugle

Sounding the poll bugle well ahead of next year’s Assembly elections, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday told party workers to reach out to all 5.62 crore voters in the State and announced the appointment of “vote canvassers” for the task.

“I feel it is essential to tell the 5,62,06,547 voters covered in 64,094 polling stations on behalf of AIADMK that Tamil Nadu is marching on a growth path never seen before due to the achievements through efforts aimed at people’s development,” she said in a party release in Chennai.

For this purpose, “vote canvassers will be appointed and this mammoth task will be carried out by the party forum functioning in my name (J. Jayalalithaa Peravai)”. The AIADMK has already been holding a string of public meetings across the State to highlight the achievements of the four-year rule of the party and the recent victory of the party chief in the R.K. Nagar bypoll.

Also, against the backdrop of the opposition parties’ sustained campaign seeking closure of the state-run chain of retail liquor outlets, she said, “The AIADMK government headed by me continues to implement a slew of welfare projects with the sole aim of welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu (The Hindu, 2015).