A fair price shop, which was in the news a month ago for putting up portraits of former DMK CM M Karunanidhi and incumbent CM MK Stalin is the talking point again for similar reasons.
Not to be left out, the BJP also pasted a huge poster - of similar size on the side wall with pictures of its Tamil Nadu leaders, including former president L Murugan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi - thanking the BJP government for providing vaccines to Tamil Nadu.
What surprised AIADMK cadres was the BJP also getting into the poster culture now. Earlier as a national party they had refrained from such tactics. The BJP and AIADMK maintaining their distance with each other has led to the latter not knowing who put up the poster for the alliance party.
When an infuriated AIADMK Vellore district secretary M Moorthy pulled up the salesman demanding to know why he allowed the posters on the shop walls, the latter replied that it was done when the shop was closed. Moorthy threatened that if the trend continued then the AIADMK would also follow suit. The shopkeeper did not reply.
While putting up portraits of incumbent CMs was done only in government offices, this is the first time that this malaise has entered ration shops. When this reporter asked an official about this, the latter refused to reply.