While the political leaders in Tamil Nadu were busy with their final leg of their campaign tours ahead of the assembly polls, a poster that was glued in the Trichy district had seemingly irked the ruling ADMK party when it aims to form the government for the third consecutive time. The poster read that ADMK Minister and constituency's MLA Vellamandi Natarajan has been missing for the last five years.
The development has come two days ahead of the crucial assembly polls. According to reports, the poster was pasted in several localities in Trichy including Palakkarai, Irudhayapuram, and Khajapettai on Sunday which apparently had gone against the minister when he seeks re-election from the Trichy East constituency, which he represents in the current assembly.
The poster read, "Thiru Vellamandi Natarajan has been missing for the past five years since 2016 after getting elected from the Trichy East constituency. He is nowhere to be found". The posters have become the talk of the town and the pictures of the posters were shared on social media, which stirred fresh trouble for the minister to convince the voters.
Natarajan has been serving as the Minister of Tourism in the current government and he isn't popular across the state and kept a low profile. He has got ADMK's ticket to contest from Trichy East again in the upcoming assembly polls and was campaigning for the past few weeks. Natarajan has also deployed his son and a fleet of supporters to reach the voters seeking votes for him amid the anti-incumbency wave.
At a high time of the final phase of the election campaigns, these posters had shocked the ministers and ADMK party. The reports say that the posters were designed in the theme of the ADMK's flag and they carried the party's 'Two Leaves' symbol. After learning about the poster trouble, the ADMK members had traveled around the areas and removed the posters.
The Trichy city police and the Election Commission had launched a probe into the matter on who had designed, printed, and pasted the posters. Tamil Nadu will go for the single-phase poll on April 6 where the voters will be electing the representatives for the 234 assembly seats for the next five years. As the election has neared, the heated election campaigns from the political leaders had come to an end on April 4 at 7 pm. Around 4000 candidates are contesting in the polls and the votes will be counted on May 2, during which the results will be announced.