Another intense duel on the cards

AIADMK and Congress stick together once again in the Aranthangi Assembly constituency in Pudukottai District, making it almost a repeat of the 2016 competition.

The only change is the candidate presented by AIADMK, while Congress which is an ally of the secular front led by the DMK retained the candidate who lost the battle on the previous occasion.

AIADMK brought back former MP Mr. Rajanayagam, who won the same constituency in the 2011 election, to face Congress candidate T. Ramachandran, son of six times MP from the same constituency and former minister of Union Su. Thirunavukkarasar.

Located at the far end of Pudukottai District, the Aranthangi Coven segment is largely a dry region where agricultural and fishing activities are the predominant occupation of the population. Encompassing the three taluks of Aranthangi, Avudaiyarkoil and Manamelkudi, the district of Aranthangi has a long coastline comprising several coastal villages within its limits.

There is hardly any industry in the riding that has not seen any major development over the past decade, voters complain. Despite being one of the main towns in Pudukottai District, Aranthangi does not yet have an underground drainage system in place, which is a long overdue request. Although plans have been made, the project has yet to take off.

Fishermen in coastal areas complain that they have to buy drinking water because the water provided by the local body can only be used for cleaning utensils and washing clothes.

“Despite repeated representations by fishermen to carry out repair work in the damaged fishing port of Kottaipattinam, concrete measures still need to be taken by the fisheries department,” said Asan Mohideen, president of the Association. fishermen from mechanized boats from Kottaipattinam. Although officials have inspected the port and ensured that fishermen’s representation will be reviewed, no tangible work to resolve the issue has been done, Asan Mohideen said.

The fishing port of Jagadapattinam had also suffered damage that had not yet been repaired despite representations having been made, said T. Mohan, vice president of Visai Padagu Sangam, Jagadapattinam. “Just as loans were given to farmers, fishermen should also receive loans to repair their boats, nets and other accessories to enable them to fish,” suggests Mr. Mohan, stressing that the fishing sector contributes substantially to the revenues. in foreign currencies.

In addition to mechanized boat fishermen, there are also a significant number of country boat fishermen residing in the coastal areas of this constituency. The government could also consider opening a separate bank for coastal fishermen to provide loans and meet their other financial needs as the fishing industry contributes hugely to foreign exchange earnings, suggests Mohan.

The fishermen are also asking for an increase in the monthly subsidized diesel allowance from 1,800 liters to 3,000 liters in view of the sharp rise in fuel prices. Aranthangi constituency could really boast of visible development if elected officials and government bring in industries that would generate jobs directly and indirectly. It is in this context that the constituency is preparing for the next election on April 6.

Although a section of DMK men have taken to the streets of Aranthangi to urge the party leadership recently not to hand over the seat to an alliance partner this time around, the party’s high command has decided to leave it behind. ‘attribute again to Congress.

Congress candidate Ramachandran, who lost to AIADMK candidate by a narrow margin in 2016, is relying heavily on DMK support and anti-nomination perception, residents say. With the AIADMK candidate, Mr. Rajanayagam, posing a significant challenge, the constituency witnessed an intense duel.

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