Tamil Nadu News Digest (Apr28)

Chennai,Apr28(tamilnaducentral): Tamil Nadu chief minister-AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in a scathing attack has called DMK-Congress combine as ‘loot coalition’ and asked the people to decimate them in the upcoming polls.

Youth Collective, an umbrella organisation started in December 2015 comprising of more than 50 youth groups from Tamil Nadu, is all set to fight the May 16 Assembly polls  in over 115 constituencies. The group including members from various fields like lawyers, engineers, pilots and IT professionals seeks to sow a change in the corruption-ridden society and wish their candidates to be role models of the society.The only criterion to be a member of Youth Collective is the person should not be an alcoholic nor a smoker.

Youth Collective looks to target the first time and second time voters in Tamil Nadu and bring about a change in the society. The group has already left its mark in tree planting, beach clean-up campaigns and has also done its part in flood relief and rescue efforts last December.

In the hot  run-up to the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, news abound in media  every other day of cash seizures across the State. Since the issuance of poll notification on April 22 by the Election Commission, Rs 55 crore in cash has been recovered from different parts of Tamil Nadu which is said to be the biggest haul since the Election Commission seized Rs 38 crore in the 2011 Assembly polls. Apart from cash, gold coins, dhotis, sarees and liquor bottles have also been seized by the flying squads.

AIADMK is expected to release its poll manifesto on May 3. Several other parties like DMK,PMK,BJP, DMDK and Congress have released their manifestos. Prohibition, agriculture and educational loan waivers feature predominantly across all the manifestos.

‘Election King’ Dr K Padmarajan, a homeopathic doctor-turned businessman is set to take on DMDK leader Vijayakanth in Ulundurpet constituency, that will be his 174th fight. Though the doctor has never had success, he holds the Limca and Guinness record for contesting maximum number of polls. The 57-year-old doctor  has reportedly spent over Rs 20 lakh in poll expenses since he first contested in 1989.

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