With less than 10 hours to go for the political parties to end their high-profile campaign in Vikravandi and Nanguneri bypolls, the state on Friday witnessed heated campaign between the ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK. It reached its peak with the Dravidian leaders shuttling between Nanguneri and Vikravandi reaching out to a total electorate of 4.75 lakh voters.
Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin and Deputy Chief Minister toured the Vikravandi Assembly constituency on Friday. DMK MLAs and former ministers reached out to the voters in Vikravandi with intensified door to door campaign. The DMK started the campaign as early as 6 am covering populated areas like Ariyalur Thirukkai, Kalpattu and Kaanai coming under Vikravandi seat.
Meanwhile, the power corridors in capital Chennai like Greenways Road housing the ministers’ spacious bungalows, Fort St George, Secretariat and party headquarters of AIADMK and DMK were deserted without the political leaders. “Almost all the MLAs and district secretaries are out of station and will return only on Saturday night after concluding the campaign. The party activities and government functions will resume on October 24,” said a source at AIADMK headquarters.
The situation in the Secretariat was no different leaving poor footfall on Friday with offices of Ministers remaining closed. There was visible crowd only near the chamber of housing secretary where builders and individual flat owners had thronged the Secretariat for a public hearing with the housing secretary Rajesh Lakhoni. The footfall was also relatively high near the office of Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo where representatives of political parties took turns to petition the CEO on bypoll-related complaints.