Thanks to the mega alliance, the ruling AIADMK is likely to allot a major share of seats in the upcoming local body elections, which is to be held after eight years.
According to AIADMK insiders, the PMK is eyeing the municipal corporations in Chennai and Salem, while the DMDK is keen on Madurai and Tirupur mayor seats. Similarly, the BJP wants the mayor seats of Coimbatore, Kanniyakumari and is also eyeing Tirunelveli.
The same will also reflect for the posts of municipal chairman with around 120 seats up for elections. The municipalities in Vellore, Vikravandi, Tindivanam, Dharmapuri and Erode will be a bone of contention between the PMK and the DMDK.
“The poll talks have begun between the leaders and it will not be difficult for the PMK to get the seats in our traditional strongholds,” said PMK spokesperson advocate K Balu.
Chennai and north Tamil Nadu will be our focus and the party will also look out for seats in south Tamil Nadu. Based on the directions from our leaders, PMK is now identifying the seats with winning prospects, Balu added.
“For the victory of coalition dharma there have to be sacrifices and the party workers will abide by the party high command,” responded R Kamalakannan, a state-level office-bearer, who has always been part of the AIADMK’s election committee. During the recent Lok Sabha polls, the DMK and the AIADMK each contested in 20 seats giving other seats to allies. The same strategy will now continue in the civic polls, Kamalakannan opined.
Meanwhile, the BJP hoping to ride on the AIADMK’s shoulder had also invited applications from the aspiring party workers to contest in the upcoming local body polls.
In a related development, the State Election Commission has started review meetings with the District Collectors about the preparation of voters rolls and SEC had also planned to use ballot papers in rural areas and had asked the Election Commission to share the electronic voting machines so that they can be used in urban areas.