Day after CM’s visit, Stalin returns to comfort Saidapet
A day after chief minister J Jayalalithaa made a quick halt at Saidapet in south Chennai on her whirlwind tour of the city , DMK leader M K Stalin on Thursday walked through the alleys in the same area which are synonymous with the destruction caused by the December floods.
Stalin spent almost an hour entering houses and chatting with whoever crossed his path, underlining the point that he has sought to emphasise throughout the campaign -his willingness to interact and listen to the masses, which, his party says, stands out in sharp contrast to the “inaccessibility“ of the CM.
Saidapet, which sent his father M Karunanidhi twice to the assembly , had remained a DMK stronghold till the 2002 byelection when AIADMK won and kept it for the next two assembly elections. DMK’s former Chennai mayor M Subramanian takes on former finance minister and AIADMK candidate C Ponnaiyan here this time.
This time the result in Saidapet, which was ground zero of last year’s floods, may well be seen as the barometer of public opinion on the government’s handling of the disaster.
dinathanthi newspaper 13/05/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx