Tamil Nadu holds city local elections after 10 years

Twenty-one cities, including Chennai, will elect over 12,000 members.


Urban local body polls are now being held in Tamil Nadu after an interval of more than 10 years. Twenty-one cities, including Chennai, 138 municipalities and 490 municipal panchayats will elect over 12,000 members. For the past five years, these bodies have had no elected representatives because there have been no elections.

After scoring a hat trick – winning the Lok Sabha polls, rural local body polls and assembly elections – Chief Minister MP Stalin is aiming for a fourth consecutive victory.

He reiterated that his government would soon announce the monthly cash payment of Rs 1,000 for women his party DMK promised ahead of the assembly polls.

“I tell you, soon this Stalin would fulfill the promise of Rs 1,000 per month for women heads of households. Don’t worry and doubt. This Stalin will definitely fulfill if he says anything,” said Mr. Stalin, who only campaigned virtually, in one of his last addresses.

Although this is a survey of a local organization that should focus on local civic issues,
this time, however, the ruling DMK addressed national issues of federalism and state autonomy.

MP Stalin even started a federation for social justice with the aim of bringing together several non-BJP parties across India and rising to the national stage.

The opposition AIADMK hopes to revive its political fortunes after three consecutive defeats in the polls. It targets the government for failing to pay the monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 to female heads of household.

During a recent campaign, the former chief minister and co-coordinator of the AIADMK, Edappadi K Palaniswami, said: “Stalin of the DMK became chief minister by making attractive promises. Such a chief minister would do the people no good.

The BJP, which gained a foothold in the state by winning four seats in the Assembly polls, is fighting on its own, cutting ties with the AIADMK in hopes of expanding its footprint in the state.

“Our cadre would only be stronger. Ours is the only big party that fights alone,” BJP spokesman Narayan Thirupathy said.

Actor Kamal Haasan’s MNM isn’t giving up after blanking in Lok Sabha and state polls. It promises honest and good governance, to vote for change.

Campaigning in Madurai, Kamal Haasan said: “They left this place for 18 years, even without cleaning up the garbage. We would even remove the garbage. I say us, including me.”

The major Dravidian rivals barely focused on local civic amenities in their campaign. For Chief Minister MK Stalin who had to deal with the second and third wave of covid and severe flooding in Chennai after taking office, many say these election results would be taken as a toll on his performance.

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