With changing political landscape, Tamil Nadu's Vikravandi can become anybody’s fort

Speaking to TNIE, A Kamarasu (55), a tea stall owner, said, “It is surprising to see AIADMK not contesting.
 The people of the region are in for many twists and turns along the road until the polling day on July 10.
The people of the region are in for many twists and turns along the road until the polling day on July 10.Photo | Express

VILLUPURAM: Political dynamics around the by-election to Vikravandi have been spiced up with the principal opposition party in the Assembly, AIADMK, boycotting the bypoll and PMK fielding a candidate against the ruling DMK. The people of the region are in for many twists and turns along the road until the polling day on July 10. Even as filing of nomination began on Friday, the voters have different thoughts on the electoral developments.

Speaking to TNIE, a tea stall owner, A Kamarasu (55) said, “It is surprising to see AIADMK not contesting. In 2019 bypoll, it was a fiery contest between AIADMK and DMK and the campaigns were equally fierce. I think this Lok Sabha poll was subtle in nature and the bypoll is far too quiet unlike other elections. There is no saying who might win given the changing political landscape right now.”

 The people of the region are in for many twists and turns along the road until the polling day on July 10.
After AIADMK announces Vikravandi bypoll boycott, DMDK follows suit

A social worker said, “The PMK has secured a different position in this election, with the AIADMK stepping out of the race. Now, people who sympathised with the latter due to anti-incumbency of the ruling DMK will be forced to vote for the PMK as an alternative.” She added that voters who don’t like the BJP alliance might choose an alternative, probably NTK.

Social activist and lawyer K Boopalan said, “The different moods can be consolidated as a winning wave for DMK candidate Anniyur Siva. Bypolls have always been in favour of the ruling party. Even otherwise, the scope for Siva is bright because he is popular among the public and party cadre. But, it is not the case for PMK. This apart, the cadres of BJP and PMK were allegedly not in synchronous terms to work for the Lok Sabha poll.” Boopalan also said the cadre is strong for DMK while the AIADMK cadre might work against the PMK.

The PMK candidate C Anbumani is familiar among party cadre and people of the region, PMK cadre claimed.

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