Movement urges people to fulfill democratic duty
Volunteers of the Tamil Nadu People Rights Movement led by their state President Poomozhi distributed pamphlets urging the general public to fulfill their democratic duty in the April 24 Lok Sabha elections at the crowded Chinthamani City Bus terminal area here today.
Mr Poomozhi told newspersons that the object of their campaign was to bring all the eligible voters to the polling booths on the polling day for fulfilling their democratic duty by adopting at least NOTA (none of the above).
He claimed that this was the first of its kind campaign in the country to create an awareness among the people about the NOTA provisions.
He said they had started their campaign at Salem on March 20, and have covered so far Namakkal, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Tirupur, Karur, Dindigul, Theni, Maduai, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi,Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruivarur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Ariyalur, Tiruchirapalli and Perambalur. The campaign is going to be concluded at Chennai on April 12, after covering a few central and Northern districts of Tamil Nadu, he added.
Mr Poomozhi pointed out that the response for their campaign was tremendous and their campaign for adopting NOTA would have big impact in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
He said according to their preliminary estimate at least 40 lakh voters would be using NOTA option across, Tamil Nadu in the elections.
To a question, he said their campaign aimed especially the rural mass, fresh voters, college students, pavement dwellers and government and private department staff as they realised that there would be a 'silent revolution' in the minds of people.
(Posted on 02-04-2014)