A.V.Ragunathan

Premalatha tours 20 to 25 villages in a day

She tours 20-25 villages a day and speaks at no less than 50 points Her focus is on improving the lot of the rural populace

Cuddalore: When `Captain' Vijayakant is touring the State campaigning for the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam candidates, his wife, V. Premalatha, is holding the fort at Vriddhachalam.

She has charted out a meticulous schedule to canvass support for him in the villages. She tours 20-25 villages a day and speaks at no less than 50 points from an open van fitted with a public address system.

A newcomer to politics, Ms. Premalatha feels it is her duty to nurture the constituency in her husband's absence (he will tour the constituency from May 1 to 6). Mr. Vijayakant campaigned at Vriddhachalam on April 7 and filed his nomination on April 17.

Educationist

Basically an educationist she is the Chairperson of Shri Andal Alagar Educational Trust that runs an engineering college at Mamandur, near Chengalpattu Ms. Premalatha does not feel politics is something women should shy away from.

Herelder son has completed SSLC and the younger one is in VII standard, Ms. Premalatha has now acquired a third responsibility of running the party of her husband.

She told The Hindu that her focus was on improving the lot of the rural populace. They were also left with little to take care of their health.

There was widespread welcome among the villagers for promises such as supply of 15 kg rice free every month to the BPL families, delivery of rations at doorstep, water supply by tankers and Rs. 500 monthly allowance to poor women.

Determined

Is not politics a different cup of tea, as she has to face criticism from many quarters? Ms. Premalatha said criticism was bound to be there, but it would not deter her determination to serve the people. Will she campaign in other constituencies ? Ms. Premalatha said the DMDK candidates in Panruti, Kurinjipadi and Mangalore had invited her as also the 33 women candidates fielded elsewhere.

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