DMK chief MK Stalin’s son Udhyanidhi was arrested in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam district on Friday as he launched the get together’s marketing campaign for subsequent 12 months’s elections at an occasion that the police mentioned violated COVID-19 curbs. “There are no permissions for political meetings,” a police officer informed NDTV.
Highlighting the “improper administration” of the AIADMK authorities, Udhayanidhi Stalin, the DMK youth wing chief, launched the get together’s 75-day marketing campaign forward of the Tamil Nadu meeting elections due early subsequent 12 months with different senior leaders.
Earlier, at an occasion organized in Tiruvarur district’s Tirukkuvalai, the birthplace of former get together chief M Karunanidhi, he mentioned he had set out on the marketing campaign to take the message of his father to numerous elements of the state to finish the “darkness that has engulfed” Tamil Nadu “.
The campaign titled “Vidiyalai Nokki Stalinin Kural” (Stalin’s voice for dawn) will cover all 234 assembly segments ahead of assembly elections in the state due in April-May.
The party’s women’s wing leader and Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi, former ministers K Ponmudi and I Periyasamy among others will tour different parts of the state as part of the campaign, a DMK news release said.
“The leaders will clarify to individuals get together president’s slogan of strolling in direction of a brand new daybreak by rejecting the ruling AIADMK’s atrocities and administrative lapses,” it said.
DMK Principal Secretary KN Nehru said 15 top leaders of the party will address 1,500 meetings in 75 days across the state at all 234 constituencies while Mr Stalin is expected to join the campaign trail in January.
Mr Nehru, a former minister, said because of orders banning large crowds for political gathering among others given the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Stalin was expected to hold election rallies from January.
“But he (Stalin) is in contact with individuals by means of video convention. There will likely be a crowd if he goes for public conferences … after January he’ll begin the campaigning,” Mr Nehru informed information company PTI.
Many additionally see the DMK’s transfer positioning Mr Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi in a lead function for marketing campaign as a calculated step to offer him credit score later if the get together wins the elections, so he may very well be elevated because the Number 2 within the get together.
A resurgent DMK is eager to unseat arch-rival AIADMK within the state the place it has been in opposition for the final over 9 years.
The get together was defeated within the 2011 meeting elections when J Jayalalithaa led her get together to a powerful victory. It misplaced once more in 2016, earlier than bouncing again with a robust efficiency in final 12 months’s Lok Sabha elections.
An alliance led by the DMK, together with together with the Congress, received 38 of the 39 parliament seats in Tamil Nadu, in addition to the lone Puducherry seat, leaving only one to the AIADMK, within the first main election within the state held after the loss of life of Ms Jayalalithaa and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi in 2016 and 2018 respectively.