Srirangam: The political air has undergone tremendous change in Tamil Nadu with the two dominating parties, DMK and AIADMK, shifting their campaigns to new areas. Leaving its traditional city politics, DMK has headed towards villages whereas AIADMK has retained its hold over the towns and cities.

AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa herself is contesting from Srirangam, which is majorly a rural area with only a part of it being urbanized.

The reason behind this shift in political stand is the issues dominating the state politics. In the upcoming election, other than corruption and inflation, electricity crisis in the state tops the list of political agenda.

Moreover, a change in the political area results in the change in the policy adopted by the parties because of the difference between the factors affecting rural and urban people. On one hand, corruption and inflation issues have been a cause of concern for the DMK government whereas on the other hand its rural reforms have yielded tremendous results. This is being seen as the reason for the strong political support garnered by the DMK in villages.

AIADMK, on the other hand, is looking forward to gain majority in the urban seats.
In this race, Congress, which has teamed up DMK, is lagging far behind. BJP, however, is trying hard to carve a place for itself in the state politics.

DMK’s stronghold in the past used to be town and city areas whereas Jayalalithaa had her strong rural fan following among the electorate. But the scenario has changed with both the political parties trading places.

JPN/Bureau