Stalin-led DMK meets to plan for rural elections in Tamil Nadu.

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Stalin-led DMK meets to plan for rural elections in Tamil Nadu.

On Sunday, a meeting of DMK district secretaries in Chennai was held by the party president and Chief Minister M K Stalin to discuss preparations for elections to rural local bodies in nine districts of Tamil Nadu.

According to party sources, the conference discussed preparing for elections in the nine districts of Kancheepuram, Chengelpet, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli, and Tenkasi.

Given the welfare measures implemented by the party-led administration as part of attempts to fulfill electoral pledges, and given the DMK government’s popularity, bureaucrats should reach out to the public and try to win local elections, according to sources.

Among the DMK government’s efforts include “Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam,” which aims to bring healthcare services to people’s homes, as well as social support, projects, and services to beneficiaries under “Ungal Thoguthiyil Mudalamaichar,” (Chief Minister in your constituency).

One of the initiatives implemented on the same day Stalin was named Chief Minister on May 7 was the Rs 4,000 COVID-19 cash relief for rice ration cardholders.


In Tamil Nadu

The meeting was attended by district secretaries, MLAs, and MPs from nine districts that would hold rural elections.

Rural local body votes were not held in nine districts in December 2019 due to the delimitation of territorial wards in such regions following district reconstruction, but they were held in 27 other districts.

Elections to rural local bodies in these nine districts are anticipated to be held by September 15 in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling issued in June of this year.

The DMK administration said last month that elections for urban local councils will be conducted before December 2021, followed by elections for rural civic bodies in nine districts.

While the general and farm budgets are set to be submitted in the Assembly on August 13 and 14, respectively, government chief whip Kovi Chezhian said in a statement that a meeting of party MLAs will be convened in Chennai on August 13 at 5 p.m. at the party headquarters.

During the previous AIADMK government, Chegalpattu was separated from Kancheepuram, and Vellore was divided into two new districts, Ranipet and Tirupathur.


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