Exactly two days ahead of the vote-counting in Tamil Nadu, DMK President MK Stalin has issued a new request to the party cadres and his request has come in the light of the widespread cases of COVID-19 triggered by the second wave of the pandemic. The DMK President has appealed to the party members to celebrate the election victory from their residences.
He also asked the party members to refrain from holding gatherings to celebrate the victory of the party in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. His request has come a day after the exit polls were released in the state with the strong predictions that the DMK-led alliance will secure a landslide victory in the elections. Most of the exit polls from different organizations have predicted that the DMK will get 160-170 seats in a total of 234 seats.
As per the prediction, DMK will secure nearly 50 seats more than the majority mark and will taste a comfortable victory. Ever since the exit polls were unveiled, the DMK leaders and members have begun celebrating the news that Stalin is going to become the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. As Tamil Nadu is going to count the votes on May 2 in the entire lockdown for the first time in its history, the DMK leaders had planned to hold celebrations over the party's landslide victory.
However, Stalin has on Friday requested the party cadres and allies to avoid gathering at public places to celebrate the election results. Stalin said that the state is under the grip of the pandemic and the public is facing difficulties in getting admission in hospitals and oxygen. In these circumstances, the cadres of the party and its allies should avoid gathering in front of the counting centres on Sunday.
He further appealed to them to stay at home, track the election results, and celebrate in the home. In his statement, Stalin said, "The safety of the cadre and their families is important rather than celebrating the victory. It is my primary objective to ensure the safety of the party cadre rather than celebrating the victory." "Let the streets and roads remain empty, while our hearts overwhelm with joy", Stalin added.
He further called the party members to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions during the complete lockdown on Sunday. Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo had said that the victory processions will be banned in Tamil Nadu on May 2 owing to the Covid restrictions.
In his statement, Sahoo said, "Not more than two persons will be allowed to accompany the winning candidate or his/her authorized representative to receive the certificate of election from the returning officer concerned". According to reports, the commission has decided to make more stringent provisions during the counting process due to a surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the country.
Tamil Nadu had gone through the crucial single-phase assembly poll on April 6 and the votes will be counted on May 2. The recently held assembly poll is the first legislative election in the state since the demise of Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa which in a way has made the first election for Edappadi Palaniswami as the Chief Minister and for MK Stalin as the DMK President. Around 4000 candidates had contested in the polls to fill the 234-member assembly and the state had witnessed five fronts on the race towards the reign, in an unprecedented fashion.
பெருந்தொற்றின் சூழலில் வாக்கு எண்ணும் இடங்களில் குவிந்து தொற்றுக்கு ஆளாகிவிட வேண்டாம். திமுக-வினருக்கு மட்டுமின்றி மாற்றுக் கட்சித் தோழர்களுக்கும் இது என் அன்பு வேண்டுகோள்!— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) April 30, 2021
கொண்டாட்டத்தைவிடவும் நம் அனைவரின் உயிர் முக்கியம்.
வீதிகள் வெறிச்சோடி உள்ளங்களில் மகிழ்ச்சி பொங்கட்டும்! pic.twitter.com/1xhZvWlgao