Chennai, Nov 26 (TruthDive): DMK – Cong(I) who lost out heavily in the Kongunadu region during the Lok Sabha elections have decided to regain its base. As the first step the party began its campaign to woo the voters mainly Kongu Vellala Gounders by addressing public meeting in Pollachi. Deputy CM Stalin led the meeting by citing development programmes and freebies like free colour TV sets , free motors for pump sets and waiver of cooperative society loans to farmers.
K V Thangabalu (Salem) , R Prabhu (Kovai), EVKS Elavogavan (Erode) and S K Karavendan (Tirupur) from the DMK –Cong combine lost out in the Lok Sabha polls from the kongu region. The Pollachi seat was won by the AIADMK. To get back to power in the western district is now a major focus of DMK.
Analysts at DMK HQ feel that the delay in announcing candidates by the Congress and also the Sri Lankan issue played havoc. The newly formed Kongunadu Munnetra Peravai (KMP) played havoc with the DMK vote bank and this proved beneficial to the AIADMK.
In a bid to capture the lost areas DMK held its massive semmozhi conference in Kovai and along with it gave the city a facelift. Though it managed to get 29 seats out of 72 in the municipal election to Kovai, the party is threatened by KMP decision to contest in 70 constituencies and also the fact that its previous ally the CPI(M) is now with the AIADMK.
The massive turnout at the public meeting held by Jayalaitha too has rattled the DMK. Congress is pinning its hopes on Rahul Gandhi to turn the tables in their favour. Both the Dravidian parties had at first rejected offer from KMP for an electoral alliance but seeing that the party has now become very visible and its election symbol of gas cylinder is popular has realized that it can tilt the scales.
Ramasamy who heads KMP says that it is not a Gounder based party but a party that has been fighting for the development of the western region which contributes 40% of the state revenue. The KMP campaign to allow toddy tapping from coconut and palm trees has already clicked with the farmers in the region. Although there was a notion that KMP was a tool of DMK and created to split AIADMK votes it has now become a force to reckon with and might align with either of the Dravidian parties