Special Correspondent

“I can understand problems of poor and ordinary people because I was born in an ordinary family”

CHENNAI: Vellamanam Konda Kalaignar Vaararu… This parody of the popular film song Vaalai meenukum vilangu meenukkum kalyanam sent the DMK cadres assembled for Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi’s election campaign into a tizzy on Sunday.

The rehashed version had men and women supporters dancing to the fast-paced number and demanding an encore from the party’s platform singer Iraianban Kuthoos.

The musical treat was followed by a street play, a powerful campaign machine usually used by the Left parties, with its sharp dialogues and polemics ridiculing the Opposition.

By the time the Chief Minister arrived with Central Chennai candidate of DMK Dayanidhi Maran, the crowd at Nedunchezhian Street at Chintadripet in Chepauk constituency was fully prepared for a political speech. It was from this area that Mr.Maran launched his campaign in 2004 as well.

“The DMK does not go by the consideration of caste and religion. It always thinks about the poor and implements schemes for them,” said Mr Karunanidhi, who represents the Chepauk Assembly constituency.

Mr. Maran’s rivals in the constituency include AIADMK’s Mogamedali Jinnah and Manithneya Makkal Katchi’s (MMK) S.Hyder Ali.

“I am able to understand the problems of the poor and ordinary people because I was born in an ordinary family,” Mr.Karunanidhi said.

The Chief Minister said he introduced the free television scheme, because he wanted the poor to have a colour television just as he had in his home.

Mr. Maran said Chennai was no longer facing water shortage because of the schemes implemented by the DMK government.

“First round won”

DMK MP Kanimozhi said Mr. Maran had already won the first round as soon as the AIADMK changed its candidate for the constituency.