Chennai

Looking to touch base with women voters

Drawing cheers: DMK candidate from Chennai South, Tamizhachi Thangapandian, in Velachery.

Drawing cheers: DMK candidate from Chennai South, Tamizhachi Thangapandian, in Velachery.   | Photo Credit: B. Velankanni Raj

The summer sun blazed as usual on Friday afternoon. But it did not seem to deter the merry band, playing loudly, sometimes even a little off key.

It was the spirit that counted, and they had enough of that to spare.

Sitting on the sloping roof of a house at Draupadi Amman Koil Street in Velachery, a young child kept chucking rose petals at regular intervals from a bag in front of her, at Chennai South’s DMK candidate Tamizhachi Thangapandian.

She laughingly told the child that it was enough. But not for the child, who seemed to be aiming at various targets after a point, making it a game of sorts.

Once the band had passed, the candidate would come by on a red four-wheeler, standing in typical campaign style, waving and smiling at her constituents, accompanied by youngsters and men on motorcycles on either side. A photographer emerged from his studio to shoot pictures as the convoy passed.

Special mention

Palani, a party functionary, got his entire family to walk along, distributing buttermilk for the cadre.

In fact, his gesture was so appreciated that he got special mention on the loudspeaker from a grateful colleague making the announcements.

“I am one among you,” Ms. Tamizhachi said wherever the convoy stopped.

“I am easily accessible. You can always seek me out,” she told the people gathered to see her, nodding towards the women who seemed to be excited enough to cheer for her.

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