Trichy: The temple town in Tamil Nadu was sweltering with 40 degrees on Friday. But what sent the mercury rising further was the presence of two political heavyweights on the same day.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his arch rival AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, also a former chief minister, both descended on the temple town of Trichy on Friday to garner votes for next month's assembly election.
"The response has been good," said Karunanidhi.
When asked, what are her key issues, Jayalalithaa said, "Corruption of the Karunanidhi government, price rise and the all round deteriorating law and order situation will be focus of the campaign".
While party cadres and supporters cheered for Kalaignar and Amma, the common man in Trichy had little to cheer about.
"The roads were badly blocked. We were stuck in Traffic jams for upto an hour," said a person.
"They can come and hold meetings or do whatever they want.. But why disturb us?" questioned a woman.
The Battle for Tamil Nadu has begun and election campaigns are heating up too.
Inspite of campaigning on the same day, the same city, both Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa managed to pull heavy crowds for their respective campaigns. But will these big crowds turn into votes for them...is a question that'll be answered only on May 13.