AIADMK Ministers KA Sengottaiyan, D Jayakumar and OS Manian have assured the possibility of local body polls by November, but the usual fervour is missing among the AIADMK and DMK party functionaries as a majority of them are not confident about the civic polls being conducted in such a short time.
The fact is that the DMK and the AIADMK ward level functionaries are not serious about the recent statement of the Ministers. The recent notification by the State Election Commission on ward delimitations and the transfer of all police and government officials who had put in three years in service in the same post had also failed to create anxiety among the aspirants, the MLA said.
“Results of the October 24 bypolls in Nanguneri and Vikravandi will decide about the conduct of civic polls. In my understanding the civic polls will be crucial for both the DMK and the AIADMK. After three years of delay will the State Election Commission conduct the civic polls by next month is still a million-dollar question,” sulking AIADMK leader KC Palaniswami told DT Next. In my political understanding a win in the bypolls for the ruling party will speed up the civic election works, he said.
“The DMK is keen on contesting the local body polls and our leader MK Stalin has been campaigning about the significance of councillors during his campaign trail. Fearing massive defeat, the ruling AIADMK is not interested to conduct the polls,” said Thiru Vika Nagar MLA Thayagam Kavi.
In the absence of councillors, I am doubling up in my constituency attending the complaints starting from garbage stagnation to sewer overflow. As the AIADMK is playing politics by dragging the issue legally the party workers are not confident of civic polls any time soon. Already three years have passed, and the monsoon is fast approaching.
Absence of an elected council will affect the basic panchayat raj system mooted by Mahatma Gandhi, the DMK MLA rued.