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Aspirants look for tryst with the divine

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Mar 26 (UNI) It pays to be devout during election time. At least this is what ticket seekers for the May eight Assembly elections seem to think going by the beeline they are making to places of worship.

The aspirants of almost all political parties, especially the ruling AIADMK, who are camping here eagerly waiting to see whether their names figure in the list of candidates for the elections, spent most of their time offering prayers to their favourite Gods on this Sunday morning.

The mood is visible in Chennai which is famous for its temples dotting the skyline. The landmark Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, a hub of temples, was thronged by the aspirants.

A priest said the temple had been witnessing a spurt in the visits of the ticket seekers in last few days. Many were seen performing 'archana' in the names of their leaders and their close associates.

At the well-known Dargah on the arterial Mount Road (now called the Anna Salai), the scene was no different. The dividing line between religions seemed too thin as ticket seekers of all religious hues thronged the place of worship to seek the help of the divine in securing a 'berth' in the candiates list.

The Dargah counts many of the VIPs in the political spectrum among its visitors.

A small church near the suburban Nandambakkam which plays host to a world famous trade centre today witnessed a rare event where the priest himself sought the almighty's blessings for Mr K V Nedungilli of AIADMK to get a party ticket.

Mr Nedungilli, a podium speaker, said he has been with the party from its inception by Former Chief Minister M G R and had been seeking a ticket to contest the Assembly polls since then.

He is trying his luck again for contesting in either Rajapalayam Reserve Constituency or Perambur Reserve Constituency.

''I regularly visit this church. Today the Father has made a special prayer on my behalf and I am confident that I will be blessed with a seat by Party Supremo J Jayalalithaa.'' UNI RV GM MSJ KN1522

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