Elections 2011: candidates on the road

The campaign bandwangons of candidates who are contesting in Elections 2011 for the TN State Assembly are rolling on the streets of the neighbourhood.

There have been many changes in the limits of the local area constituencies. The areas were redrawn in the delimitation. The vast Villivakkam constituency has been chipped away and we now have 2 new constituencies – Maduravoyal which encompasses most parts of Valasarawakkam and Virugambakkam, which covers the city civic body limits.

If you take the sprawling Arcot Road region into account, the areas fall under many Assembly constituencies.

They are T. Nagar on one side, Saidapet on one side, Virugambakkam on another and Maduravoyal far down the road.

Virugambakkam is a new constituency. It covers Virugambakkam, Saligramam and Kodambakkam. Here, R. Kamalakannan has been chosen by the AIADMK to contest. The DMK has chosen council zonal chief Dhanasekaran to contest. The BJP has chosen Sridharan.

‘Dhanasekaran, who was a Corporation councillor till the other day representing K K Nagar and a chairman of the zonal council has been in the thick of local politics for many years. He is said to be close to DMK leader M K Stalin and has been a pushy politician in this area.

You may not have missed his name or photo in the posters that keep popping up in this area. The man is now attempting to go one step ahead in his political career.

Not much is known about Parthasarathi. But his party, the DMDK has not only been active in this region ( DMDK founder actor Vijaykanth has lived in this area and has his office in Koyembedu) but the activities of the party has helped raise the profile.

Vijaykanth raised the ante last fortnight when  he campaigned in the city and its fringes.

The BJP’s P. Sridharan who resides in K K Nagar is pushing himself into the middle and has been circulating handbills on what he intends to do for the area. Actress Hema Malini who did a tour of the city for the BJP appeared in this area too.

Most residents though have seen their MLAs as a big let down since many core issues have never been tackled properly.

The Virugambakkam Canal which overflows during heavy rains and at monsoon time, floods the area and brings misery to residents has time and again been a big issue and though attempts are made to address it, people see them as half hearted attempts and no MLA in sight to ensure a solution is executed to its end.

Other civic issues like rank bad roads and bad maintenance of the public spaces in the area irk people.

The area was at the tail end of the Villiwakkam constituency in the past. Soon though, it will have a new MLA who will have a compact area to represent.

K K Nagar falls under the Saidapet constituency. The AIADMK’s Senthamizhan faces the DMK’s M. Mahesh Kumar.

Vadapalani West, Ashok Nagar – MGR Nagar areas fall under the T. Nagar constituency. The AIADMK has picked strongman V P Kalai Rajan to contest here. Challenging him is a Congress veteran A. Chellakumar.

The problem people here have faced is that often the MLA seeks to focus on one end of the area and forget the tailend neighbourhoods.

Valasarawakkam comes under the newly formed Maduravoyal constituency.

In Maduravoyal, K. Selvam of the PMK faces Bheema Rao of the CPI(M).

Here too, despite the Municipality running the civic affairs, an active MLA has a huge role to play since civic issues frustate many residents.

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