AIADMK seniors, who worked for the bypolls to Vikravandi and Nanguneri assembly seats on October 21, did not trust their cadre and relied on moles and non-party workers to double-check the campaign activities.
“Elections have become a multi-crore affair for the political parties and several crores of rupees are being spent to induce voters during campaigns. The DMK also spent a lot of money. To check whether the money spent reached the target, we banked on outsiders,” said a senior AIADMK insider. Besides the police intelligence and party inputs, the ruling party is known have worked on strategies involving outsiders to monitor the ward and local heavyweights. All those who handles cash distribution on behalf of the party were monitored for an effective campaign, the senior explained. “Monitoring the poll works through outsiders helped us campaign better,” the senior admitted.
According to sources, the prospects of AIADMK is better in Vikravandi. It may be noted that both DMK and AIADMK have earned the wrath of the Election Commission of India for spending high amounts, forcing the ECI to notify Tamil Nadu as a State with a high incidence of cash for votes.