AIADMK leads the way, followed by DMK and BSP
ERODE: Polling is almost two months away but then political parties are leaving nothing to chance. A few have already started reserving wall space for poll graffiti.
Taking the lead is the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK). Markings in blue ink of AIADMK can be seen in Tamil Nadu Housing Board units in Periyar Nagar, residential areas in Marapalam and Vendipalayam.
Cadres from the party have written the party’s name, two leaves symbol, initials of a local representative, etc.
The writings come enclosed in brackets, showing the reserved spaces dimensions.
Closely following the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK), which too follows a similar pattern in marking walls.
Even Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP), a fledgling party as far as the State is concerned, has corned some space, perhaps in the hope of cornering some seats.
The parties that are yet to make a mark on the wall are the leading national parties Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party.
The cadres enthusiasm in marking walls comes at a time when the Election Commission of India has laid stringent rules regarding graffiti. Aside from instructing political parties to not deface public walls, it has also asked them to not use private walls for the purpose.
Such paintings will be viewed as violation of the Model Code of Conduct, the Commission has warned.
It remains to be seen who will have their way, poll-inspired cadres or officials. And, it is only a matter of weeks.