Shanmugham kicks off campaign

PONDICHERRY, APRIL 29. The Chief Minister of Pondicherry, Mr. P. Shanmugham, today kicked off the campaign for the Assembly poll. Starting off the campaign from Mudaliarpet segment, he appealed to the voters to bear in mind the record of his government during last one year and that such good governance would again be provided by the Congress-headed secular front.

The Congress-led government never gave room for any fight among the Ministers for loaves and fishes of office, and distinguished itself as champion of the poor. He said the party candidate, Mr. K. Sabapathy, fielded in Mudaliarpet, was a closely known to K. Kamaraj, who was a champion of the havenots. Electing the Congress-led front would be a guarantee of proper law and order and peaceful environment in the Union Territory.

(Mudaliarpet is one of the star constituencies, where the congress nominee, is crossing swords with the DMK candidate, Dr. M.A.S. Subramanian, and the AIADMK State committee secretary Mr. A. Ravindran).

Mr. Shanmugham then drove to the Ariankuppam constituency, where the Congress nominee Mr. K. Vinayakamoorthy, is trying his luck in the electoral battle for the first time. There are eight candidates in the fray. The PMK nominee, Mr. R. Anandaraman, is a close relative of the party- founder, Dr. S. Ramadoss.

The CPI (M) has fielded Mr. Durai Arumugham, while an Independent, Mr. R. Jayamoorthy, is among the chief contestants in this politically vibrant pocket. It is one of the few Vanniyar belts in Pondicherry. The Chief Minister has programmed to campaign in Karaikal tomorrow and would also visit the other outlying regions of Mahe and Yanam. He represents Yanam now, having been elected in a by-election in May last. But Mr. Shanmugham is not contesting in the coming poll.


Mr. V. Narayanaswamy, president, Pondicherry Pradesh Congress (I) committee, said in a communication that the party has appointed Mr. K. Egambaram, as head of the Block Committee of the party in Villianoor. The appointment was made with the approval of the high command.

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