S. Ramesh

Tiruchengode Weavers want assistance to modernise powerlooms

The constituency has returned AIADMK candidate five times, DMK thrice since 1962

TIRUCHENGODE: Poor infrastructure facilities and absence of developmental schemes for weaving industry are the key poll issues in Tiruchengode Assembly constituency.

A textile belt in Namakkal district, the constituency has not witnessed any significant developments in the last five years. Improvements to roads in many rural pockets, construction of a bridge across Cauvery River connecting Kokkarayanpet in Namakkal district and the Lakkapuram in Erode district, creation of basic amenities in the Arthanareeshwarar Temple and formation of a ring road around Tiruchengode town to ease traffic congestion are the long-pending demands of the voters in the constituency.

Unfulfilled promises

Further, residents in the constituency expect immediate steps to prevent the flow of waste water into Cauvery River. Political parties had promised to fulfil all these demands but failed to do so.

Weavers expect assistance for modernising looms and power subsidy. They also want establishment of a weaving park in Tiruchengode. But these expectations also remain unfulfilled.

The Government's recent announcement extending power subsidy to weaving sector would only benefit those units which are using less than 10 HP. But the constituency has several power loom units, which are using more than 10 HP, weavers say.

History

The constituency, which was initially created as a double member segment and recreated as a general segment in 1962, had returned AIADMK nominees five times since the 1952 Assembly elections (1977, 1980, 1984, 1991 and 2001).

The Congress had won twice - 1957 and 1962, while DMK thrice - 1967, 1971 and 1996. The Communist Party of India had won the 1952 elections (when the constituency was double member segment) and in 1989 (CPI-M).

Mr. Ponnaiyan was returned to the State Assembly four times from this constituency. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1977, 1980, 1984 and 2001 elections. This time the party had fielded P. Thangamani, chairman of Pallipalayam Panchayat Union.

The DMK fielded its Namakkal district secretary, S. Gandhiselvan (42).

He was the chairman of the Namakkal Municipality.

Earlier in the 2001 elections he fought unsuccessfully from the Kabilar Malai segment.

Kongu Vellala Gounders have largest presence in the constituency followed by Mudhaliar and Chettiyar, Vanniyar and Dalits.

The constituency has the maximum voters in the Namakkal district with a total of 2,92,959 (men: 1,44,822, women: 1,48,137).

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