The TN tweet battle: Leaders put out one word defining them

Major Tamil Nadu political leaders in line with their ideology and political viewpoints have taken to the microblogging site to post one all-encompassing term.
Stalin; Annamalai
Stalin; Annamalai

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu politicians are the latest to catch up with the one-tweet trend on Twitter.

It all started with Amtrak, a passenger railroad service operating in Canada and USA, tweeting "trains" as its identity. The tweet generated unprecedented likes and retweets to set off a trend.

Tamil Nadu politicians, including Chief Minister MK Stalin, Annamalai, and Seeman have tweeted in a word that best identifies them. Stalin tweeted "Dravidam", a term going back to the ruling party DMK's ideological bearings. There has also been a renewed keenness in the DMK to govern according to the Dravidian model.

From the rival ideologies, Seeman of Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) made sure he and his party isn't painted saffron due to a few 'similarities' with the BJP. As Annamalai, who was expected to identify himself as a "Hindu" instead identified him as a "Tamil" breaching into the NTK arena. Seeman however, tweeted "Tamil Desiyam", meaning Tamil nationalism, to once again prevent the blurring of lines between Tamil nationalism and Hindu nationalism.

Tamil Nadu's principal opposition party AIADMK after the Madras HC verdict , tweeted "Edappadiyaar" meaning the one who hails from Edappadi (pointing to Edappadi Palaniswami) showing who has a say in the party affairs.

Meanwhile, S Ramadoss of PMK, seen often as a party with a Vanniyar proclivity, tweeted "Samooga Neethi" (social justice) in an attempt to claim PMK as a party for all communities. Communist party MP Su. Venkatesan tweeted "Samathuvam" or equality in line with his political affiliation.

MNM chief and actor Kamal Haasan tweeted "Makkal" or people, taking the trend further. Similarly veteran actor and politician Vijayakant has called "Varumai Ozhippu" (eradication of corruption) as his identity.

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