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Campaigning ends as Tamil Nadu heads for polls

Apr 12, 2011 08:48 AM IST Politics Politics
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Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa campaigned in Chennai on the final day of campaigning for the Tamil Nadu elections.

Jayalalithaa is hoping to sweep Chennai, which was once the DMK bastion, and also where the impact of the 2G scam is expected to be maximum.

Meanwhile Karunanidhi is hoping for a rural victory and has been campaigning in Thiruvarur to ensure he wins for the twelfth time. But in Chennai, MK Stalin seems to have a tough opponent in AIADMK's Saidai Duraisamy. The heir apparent has been sweating it out going door to door asking people for votes and hoping for victory.

"I have covered almost all areas and the response has been amazing.. I think we'll win by a huge margin," said Stalin.

While Jayalalithaa's key ally, DMDK leader Vijayakanth chose to end his campaign in his own constituency in Villupuram district, the DMK ensured that all its top leaders barring the party's head were in Chennai. Yet another family member Union Textiles Minister Dayanaidhi Maran, who has been campaigning across the state was seen aiding senior party leader K Anbazhagan in the city.

Maran said, "Wherever we have gone, we have realised that there is a strong feeling among the people of Tamil Nadu to re-elect Dr Kalaignar as the Chief Minister. I think there is a goodwill amongst the people. They have encouraged us to say that the DMK will come back.

The short but heated poll campaign has come to a close and all the big guns will have to go silent from Tuesday. But what the people of Tamil Nadu have decided will only be known on the May 13.

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