Welfare schemes give AIADMK an edge in south Tamil Nadu

Welfare schemes give AIADMK an edge in south Tamil Nadu

Welfare schemes give AIADMK an edge  in south Tamil Nadu
The AIADMK and the Opposition DMK might be locked in a close race for electoral supremacy in the May 16 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.

But the ruling AIADMK enjoys a distinct advantage in southern districts as the welfare schemes of the government has reached almost all the households.

An election tour, which shows the people being happy with the freebies supplied by the government, gives a picture that the electorate also did not face any power cuts in the last two years. In fact, weavers in Tirupur and Erode are happy as they could carry on with their vocation without the problem of electricity interruption.

Though the ruling party face criticism from the opposition parties for not fulfilling its promises, each and every sitting MLA of AIADMK ensured that all the welfare scheme reached the voters even in remote villages of southern district.

“I incurred heavy loss in vegetable cultivation. However, I used the mixer and grinder, which was supplied by the AIADMK government, for starting a small Idly shop outside my house. It is going well now,” Ramasamy at Pulliyampatti village in Erode district told DH.

Southern Weavers Association secretary Arogiyasamy said that for the last two years there were no power cuts, which helped him to improve his textile business from his small power loom unit at Tirupur.

 With most of the students especially in the district headquarters received free laptops from the government, the boys and girls in villages too benefited by the free text book schemes. “Laptop was very useful during my college studies. After successful completion of studies, I am working in a cotton textile unit,” S Prithivraj, a first time voter in Madurai, who is determined to vote for the AIADMK said.

In addition, new pension scheme also benefited several thousand senior citizens in the southern districts. “After my husband’s death, I struggled to live since I do not have any kids. However, after receiving the pension, I could able to run a decent life,” 70-year old Munniyama in Udaikulam village in Sivaganga district said.

With most of the Opposition parties including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) did not announce any freebies in their respective election manifesto, the AIADMK, which is yet to release its poll promises, might announce brand new welfare schemes to woo the voters.

Though most of the sitting MLAs and local prominent persons of AIADMK denied ticket in various constituencies, they are helping the nominated persons of the party during the election campaign instead of joining other outfits. “This gives more victory chances than other parties,” Elangovan, Trichy AIADMK senior functionary said.

Political observers feel that with no visible mood of any incumbency or anti-incumbency, the AIADMK has an edge in southern districts with the party’s welfare measures reaching the voters in the last five years. K Venkatesan, a leading political analyst, said the internal fight among the DMK especially in southern area will also be an advantage for AIADMK.
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