Political Powers in Dark Days
Once again Ms.Jayalalithaa has great expectation from Pudukkottai by election which is supposed to witness as proven test. Within hours before the EC's announcement, she lost no time in declaring V R Karthik Thondaiman, Chairman of Pudukottai Municipality as her party candidate, and as a contestant for Pudukkottai bye election to be held on June 12, 2012. This is a tested method in Sankaran Koil bye election, which proved a massive victory for AIDMK.
After void had fallen, at a road accident in which Muthukumran CPI MLA died, the anticipation grew in anxiety to know the bye election for Pudukkottai. While the situation arose in EC to declare dates for bye elections in different States of the country, Pudukkottai also has been included in the list.
Jayalalithaa is repeating the same poll strategy what is adopted in Sankarankoil by election. The Pudukottai Chairman Karthik Thondaman is the declared candidate, and rest of the parties DMK, Captain Vijayakanth's DMDK, Congress, CPI-M, CPI, MDMK, BJP have yet to announce their candidates, and PMK has known to abstaining from the contest. The Sankaran Koil by election did not regard the soaring prices of Milk, and bus fare, and people mandated AIDMK to saddle the constituency. The litmus test that has to be observed in the bye election whether one has to choose charisma of Amma, or to endure the ordeals to enjoy painfully paltry supply of electricity.
Amma's party will contest as a lone contestant since CPI is no longer in the alliance. Further Amma has declared immense measures of welfare schemes to Pudukottai in the recent Assembly,a few days ago a set of development projects
as a mark of Pudukottai to celebrate centurial anniversary of Pudukkottai Municipality.
Loyal Ministers to work for Royal Candidate
The party poll machinery has been geared up in Pudukottai arena, while ministers such as O.Pannerselvam, Senkottaiyan, Munusamy, Natham Viswanathan are planning the poll strategy. Since CPI had successfully fortified last election, the party high commands revitalising whether it has to establish a candidature as its own, or not to contest in the legislative election.
EC Model code of conducts
While there is an excitement on the poll deals, the EC has come out with its rules and regulations as poll code of conducts that have been in force now, that no new welfare schemes have to be implemented,no freebees from government no funds above two lakhs have to be mobilised without proper proof with relevant documents, all these poll official procedures have been promulgated by the Election Commission as code of conducts.
Pudukottai: A past princely state
Karthik Thondaiman hails from Thondaiman Royal family, is B.Sc. graduate and his family has ancestral political access in Congress Party as his father Vijaya Ragunatha Thondaiman had been a legislator in 1967, 1977, 1980 from Pudukkottai constituency.Pudukkottai, once known as "Samasthanam" in Tamil was a princely state in the Madras Presidency which existed from 1680 to 1948.The Government of Madras was controlling it,amongst five others princely states.
Pudukkottai Electoral Details
Total number of electors:1,92,314
Men : 96087
Women : 96227
Pudukkottai by election Poll Details
Polling will be on 12 June 2012 (Tuesday) 8 am to 5 pm IST,and counting will
on 15 June 2012 (Friday) from 8 am, and onwards till counting is complete.
Notification will be made on 18 May 2012 (Friday),and nominations on or before May 25,2012 (Friday)nomination papers will be scrutinized on May 26,2012 (Saturday),and last date for withdrawal of Candidatures will be May 28,2012 (Monday)
Now in the game of politics, the stage is set for the political players with different characters; the conman man now habituated to look who will win and who will lose. If AIDMK wins,it will be an old fort, not a new fort as it goes in Tamil Pudukkottai.