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It’s your right: Members of Desiya Nala Vizhipunarvu Iyakkam campaign in Erode urging electorate to exercise their franchise in the elections.
It’s your right: Members of Desiya Nala Vizhipunarvu Iyakkam campaign in Erode urging electorate to exercise their franchise in the elections.

Staff Reporter

No complaints regarding candidates indulging in personal attacks

ERODE: On Saturday, campaign managers from Congress distributed handbills to media offices here. The handbill detailed the E.V.K.S. Elangovan’s tour programme on Sunday, carried his pictures and those of alliance party leaders and also asked voters to exercise their franchise in his favour.

The programme said the Congress candidate would start electioneering at 7 a.m. and end by 8.30 p.m. with about two hours break for lunch.

It said he would start at Moolapattarai and pass through nearby areas to finish at Nethaji Road Municipal Chatram before lunch. Again, he would start near Pudumai Colony to finish on Railway Station Road. In all, the handbill contained 72 places with a uniform 15-minute break between two destinations. Tomorrow too Mr. Elangovan would embark on a similar campaign. He would tour Dharapuram in the morning and Erode in the evening, before the end of electioneering at 5 p.m., says one of his aides.

His principal opponent from Marulamarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam A. Ganesamoorthy too has embarked on a similar campaign. His campaign managers say he toured Kangayam town Saturday morning and panchayat union areas in the evening. On Monday, he would seek votes in Kundadam panchayat union and finish campaigning there.

They say that he stopped by almost all villages to meet the electorate. The news from Kongunadu Munnetra Peravai camp too indicates that the candidate, C. Balasubramaniam, is leaving nothing to chance.

He campaigned in Kodumudi panchayat union on Saturday and will do so in Vellakoil panchayat union areas before winding up the campaign there, says one of his aides.

Just as the political parties went about campaigning in different areas, activists from the Desiya Nala Vizhipunarvu Iyakkam (National Welfare Awareness Movement) went on a door-to-door campaign asking voters to exercise their franchise and not stay behind. They also explained the voters how important it was to vote.

Meanwhile, sources in the district election cell say they have received no complaints regarding candidates indulging in personal attacks on Opposition leaders, nor candidates or their aides indulging in hate speech or communal rhetoric.

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