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Updated: March 15, 2011 02:22 IST

DMK candidates list on March 16

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A file picture of DMK president M. Karunanidhi during a meeting at Anna Arivalayam, Chennai. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
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A file picture of DMK president M. Karunanidhi during a meeting at Anna Arivalayam, Chennai. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi will release the list of party candidates for the Assembly elections, on March 16.

According to a party release, a consultation of the DMK's alliance partners will be held on March 18 at Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters, presided over by Mr. Karunanidhi. The DMK will release the election manifesto on March 19.

In an appeal to party workers, Mr. Karunanidhi said that this time, he would not be able to campaign the way he used to in the past elections. Though his movements were restricted by his physical condition, he would campaign as much as possible for the victory of the alliance.

The last two weeks poll negotiations among the political parties do not speak well of the alliance partnership spirit. All the political parties from the DMK to the 'one seat' allotted to Mr.Karthick's party have lost their precise time in coming to an agreement with regards to number seats to be contested. Similarly, there has been too much tension in 'selecting' the constituencies for each party. All have lost faith 'trust' on other parties. This has created both at the macro level and micro level lot of heartburn among the party workers. This is bound to affect the 'joint' canvassing. Destructive / opposition party elements will ensure that things do work to the advantage of the opposition party. The only thing that can safeguard this is the total 'dedication' of the committed cadres. That is, to start with, that the party candidate who stands in a particular constituency will have to grease wheels of canvassing well enough! If the selected party candidate fails to carry with him / her the other alliance party workers, there is a chance of a minimum 25% cross voting. So the Pollsters calculations of the 'coming together of few parties will end up in all their party workers and sympathizers voters getting pooled together' will turn out to be a myth! Again, too many restrictions on the movement of people, workers, money, materials, wall posters, public meetings etc, imposed by the Election Commission would mar the election carnival atmosphere. As a result, voters may not be able to take informed choices. Long Live Democracy.

from:  R. Bhakther Solomon
Posted on: Mar 15, 2011 at 13:42 IST
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