Battle for Tamil Nadu: Voters ire against AIADMK Govt may hurt PM Modi’s re-election bid


Tamil Nadu Election 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modis re-election bid largely depends on how BJP and NDA partners perform in South India. Its essential to make up for any loss that the NDA may suffer in North India, the region which NDA had swept off in 2014 Lok Sabha election. However, voters unhappiness with its alliance partner AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu could derail the partys plans in the state. Tamil Nadu sends 39 members in the Lok Sabha, fourth highest after Uttar Pradesh (80), Maharashtra (48), West Bengal (40). According to a survey conducted by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the performance of state government in three areas: better employment opportunities, healthcare and availability of drinking water, the three most important election issues for the state voters, was below average. ALSO READ: Respondents assigned 2.25 marks in a scale of 5 to the performance of EK Palaniswami government in terms of creating employment opportunities, which below average. Similarly, the performance of AIADMK government on the second most important election issue: better healthcare and primary healthcare facilities was even worse at 2.34 on a scale of five. The respondents gave average 2.41 marks for its performance in providing drinking water in the state. ALSO READ: However, after the death of its charismatic leader J Jayalalitha in December 2016, no AIADMK leader commands that kind of voters loyalty and affection of the people. This is the first election in the state that is taking place in absence of two of its tallest leaders M Karunanidi and J Jayalalitha. Absence of these two iconic figures gives hopes to national parties like BJP and the Congress to make inroads in the state politics. While BJP is banking on the popularity Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress is hoping to cash in on Rahul Gandhis decision to contest from Wayanad in neighbouring state Kerala to woo southern voters. ALSO READ:A dozen convicts, 10 charged for murder, 25 for attempt to murder in first phase of election

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