TN Election 2021: Tamil Nadu elections set for a Telugu flavour | – Times of India

The assembly elections are just days away in Tamil Nadu, but what is going to be different this time is the presence of ‘Telugu tanam’ (Telugu-ness) in the bitterly-fought polls.
At least 15 persons of Telugu origin are in the race to test their luck. Two main Dravidian rival parties — AIADMK and DMK — gave tickets to 10 and five Telugu leaders respectively in seats where Telugu voter presence is significant.
Telugus outnumber other linguistic minorities in Tamil Nadu and probably, this has made the two main parties allot 15 tickets to the community leaders this time round.
For that matter, Telugu culture always had a strong cultural connect with Tamil Nadu from the time when united Andhra Pradesh was part of Madras Presidency. A few prominent Telugus have gone to become MLAs and ministers too.
Currently, among all Telugu origin contestants, Aadi Rajaram of AIADMK is the most prominent face. He is crossing the swords against none other than DMK’s strongman and chief ministerial candidate MK Stalin in Kolathur constituency, which is part of Chennai North Lok Sabha constituency.
Having held several important positions in AIADMK, including that of general secretary, Rajaram says he does not give much importance to who his rival is. “Yes, a probable CM candidate may be my opponent. For me, he is just another party rival. This is not the first time that I am contesting against him. In 2006, I had contested against Stalin from Thousand Lights constituency,” Rajaram told TOI over telephone. This segment is part of Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency.
He recalls, “I lost to Stalin with a very small margin of 2,500 votes then.” He said he wants to provide basic amenities to his constituents which has been missing all these years. What would he assure the Telugu population in the segment if he is elected? He quickly said, “We will protect and safeguard all linguistic minorities.”
Another important Telugu candidate from AIADMK is Jyothy Balakrishna Reddy, who is testing her luck from Hosur constituency in Krishnagiri district.
She is wife of former AIADMK minister Balakrishna Reddy, who lost his portfolio after his name surfaced in a few cases. Interestingly, Balakrishana Reddy always spoke in Telugu even in the assembly sessions.
Hosur was earlier represented by another Telugu origin person Gopinath of Congress. Even Gopinath revelled in addressing the house in Telugu.
If the AIADMK pitched Telugus into the poll firmament, its alliance partner BJP is not far behind. The saffron party is leaving no stone unturned to get Telugus’ votes in favour of the alliance.
Little wonder, the BJP leadership sent Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy from Telangana as in-charge to oversee campaigning. Kishan Reddy made it a point to rally all Telugus behind the alliance and ensure its return to power in the state.
Among the many people who have migrated mostly from Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu belong to Naidu and Peravai communities who still speak Telugu in their homes.
Kishan Reddy even held meetings with leaders of the communities seeking their support. Sources said the BJP’s special focus has been on garnering the votes of Telugu origin on the instructions of party national president JP Nadda.
A team of 20 BJP leaders from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is camping in Tamil Nadu.
“Though Telugus settled there are part of Tamil culture, we are talking to all of them to vote for the AIADMK-BJP alliance,” BJP Telangana vice-president NVSS Prabhakar said.The DMK gave tickets to Telugu leaders from Tiruchi, Thiruvannamalai, Anna Nagar, Saidapet and Hosur segments.

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