Cultural programmes galore for assembly elections

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Tiruchirapalli, Apr 17 (UNI) Deprived of colourful wall posters, wall writings, blaring speakers and other traditional electioneering tactics due to the stringent Election Commission's norms, various political parties in Tamil Nadu are organising street plays to garner support.

Cultural programmes galore have been organised by the political parties even as electioneering is gaining momentum in both urban and rural areas of this agrarian district.

The street plays have evoked good response among the public.

It is also helping the parties to beat the scorching heat during the day time, when canvassing is slow.

The ruling AIADMK had become a trend-setter in organising street plays in every nook and corner of various constituencies, which have become a huge draw.

The party adopted the novel way of attracting the crowd by portraying popular Tamil film hero of yesteryear and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, popularly known as ''MGR''.

At Manikandam village a van played a hit number from an MGR movie ''Naan Yean Piranthen?''(Why was I born?). Later, a young man portraying MGR appeared and started swaying to the tune of ''Naan Yean Piranthen, Naattukku Nalam Seyya Piran then,'' (I was born to serve for the welfare of the nation). He was later joined by a girl.

A huge crowd gathered around the van and cheered the dancing duo.

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