The sixteenth legislative assembly election of the state Tamil Nadu, India is to be held on April 06 2021. There are 234 constituencies in the state and the election is going to be conducted on the same day in all the constituencies. This election is taking place after the major washout caused by the pandemic and the government has taken extra measures to assure the safety of the people and all the officials who are to work in order to conduct a peaceful and successful election. The term of the fifteenth legislative assembly will end on 24 May 2021.
The Ruling Party:
AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) is the ruling party and it is a part of the NDA. The chief minister who was selected by the party after winning the election was Ms. J. Jayalalitha, but after her tragic death of her on 05 Dec 2016, Mr. Edappadi K. Palanisamy was chosen as the chief minister and later as the head of the party. This party is trying all it can to retain its position and trust in both the people’s heart and the constitution.
The Opposition Party:
DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) is the opposition party that has been trying to gain importance and also the ruling chair after the death of the former chief minister of the ruling party, but all of it had been fruitless. They are trying to win the trust of the people of TN by pin pointing the mistakes of the ruling party and bringing out the scandalous affairs that includes the members of that party.
All the parties had started their campaigning from December and still they are in the final race of a delusional tortoise to win the hearts of the people with many promises and a few unseen and undetected gifts trying to blindfold the eyes of the innocent people in the process and succeeding to a certain limit. The ruling and the opposition parties are in for a huge battle considering the back up they are gaining from the national parties. They are trying to outrun each other and kicking off the blooming parties in the process, that have entered the age old race in the hope of bringing something new to the state which has been deprived of a new change as these two parties have won consecutively.
The electoral commission’s chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo has released the electoral rolls in Tamil Nadu and there are 6.26 crore electors in the state who are eligible to vote. Women voters at 3.18 crore outnumber men whose figure stands at 3.08 crore and 7,246 are third gender electors. During the revision 8, 97, 694 new electors were enrolled of whom 4.8 lakh are men and 4.16 are women. Forty-seven overseas electors have been enrolled and 4,62,597 PwD electors have been flagged so far.
The election commission has also assigned a special force to stop people from getting money for their votes and strict measures are taken against those who trespasss the rules laid by the commission.
There are only two major and predominant parties in Tamil Nadu that are leading the race for power and authority. But there are several other parties who have steeped inside the race to do some welfare to the people. They always go unnoticed because of the flashing lights of the two major parties that flaunt their flags everywhere they go. There are several religious and cast based parties who work only for the welfare of a part of the society, then there are really striving parties who were formed and work for selfless reasons. They all go unnoticed in the long run of five years and get side tracked by many financial and political problems. Such other parties are,
- Communist party of India.
- Manithaneya Makkal Katchi.
- Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
- Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi.
- Tamil Mannila Congress.
- Puthiya Tamizhagam.
- Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kzhagam.
- Makkal Needhi Maiam.
- Puthiya Needhi Katchi.
- All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi
- India Jananayaga Katchi, etc…
A Tamil news channel named Tanti Tv conducted a survey recently and they had gathered the response of the general public in accordance to the election that is going to take place next month and they had an opinion poll. In their report they stated that DMK proposing Mr. M.K. Stalin as the chief minister candidate has the lead by seven percent than the ruling party proposing Mr. E.K. Palanisamy as the chief minister candidate. In their survey the AIADMK had got only 41% whereas the DMK had got 47% and the rest to the others. These figures are taken one month prior to the election. As per the tradition the people of Tamil Nadu have the habit of choosing after their last-minute instinct and the experts have also stated the same, saying that the election result will be based on the people’s last-minute decision.
A New Change:
The people of the prestigious and religious state have endured the democracy of the two hot headed clashing Dravidian parties for more than half a century. Today everything is changing and people are getting adapted to a newer life and a much newer policy of trying something new in their now well growing technical life. Thus they might also expect a new change in the leadership too. That decision may come as a torch being flashed in a dark narrow and abandoned lane, in their too crowded brain and they may take a decision that might finally bring a multi-talented head to the heavy chair that has been burdened with weak-spined termites.
The parties that are competing in the election have joined hands with other parties to strengthen their political power and perhaps to gain more self-alliances than considering any benefit for the people, who were struggling, are struggling and will always struggle. The ruling party has joined hands with BJP (Bharatiya Janatha party) and several other parties and they are providing major support to the competing party. The opposition party has joined hands with the Indian National congress and certain other religious parties to strengthen its loosening hold on the prestigious chair.
A new and aspiring party named Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), which was founded by the multi-faceted actor Padmashri. Mr. Kamal Haasan has joined hands with AISMK and IJK to appear as a much more potent team to compete in the upcoming election. The beauty is, this party is naïve, but it has managed to gain popularity in a short span of time and appears as a strong party, proposing Mr. Kamal Haasan as the chief minister candidate.
A Sneak Peek into People’s Minds:
It is true that the ruling party has done so many welfares in the past five years and helped so many poor and innocent people to improve their lives and they did upgrade to the next level all because of the schemes announced by the ruling party. But the undeniable fact is that they have done mistakes too. The major question is that were they be able to create an ever-lasting image in the minds of people to urge them to give another chance to them or the mistakes that they have done would be twisted and schemed by the opposing parties for their own benefits?
The opposition party is trying all it can to wash out the fame of its biggest opposition and has also succeeded in doing it to a certain extent. The dissatisfaction of people towards the ruling party has also made them to think twice before providing a hattrick chance for them to prove themselves once again.
Another interesting fact is that a new party named MNM has also succeeded in turning people’s rusted head towards its direction with the help of the torch lighted face of the party leader. Mr. Kamal Haasan with his twisted words and witty intellect has managed to grab the attention of the people of Tamil Nadu and the party is slithering its way towards success in the muddy lane of politics.
Predictions are going on and surveys are being conducted, but no one knows what happens tomorrow and what is in the minds of people who are ready to cast their powerful votes in favour of either of the above-mentioned parties. The tension will only be relieved in the judgement day which is on 02 May 2021, a day to be marked in history for the new judgement served by the people, for the people, and to the people or a day to be marking a shining victory for the flourishing parties, it is all in the people’s hands to write their own fate for the next five years. Let us wait to witness yet another political assurance.