An aerial view of Kamarajar Salai and Marina Beach in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 March 24, 25 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 1636 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 8,71,440. Among these, Chennai reported 633 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,43,287. The state recorded 12 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,630. Eleven of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1023 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,49,064.
DMK leader Dindigul I Leoni has come under fire after making a sexist remark at an election campaign rally in Coimbatore. In a video clip of the speech doing the rounds on social media, Leoni can be heard saying women “have lost their figures, putting on weight after consuming the milk of foreign cows”. People present at the event can be seen clapping and laughing.
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Babu interacts with people over a Zoom call. Babu, who is the general secretary (Head Quarters) of the party, says the digital campaign is a laborious process due to connectivity issues.
From Zoom calls and distributing pamphlets with QR codes to setting up exclusive IVRS numbers, former IAS officer and Makkal Needhi Maiam’s candidate V Santhosh Babu is running a “hyper-digital campaign” to reach out to voters in the Velachery constituency after testing positive for Covid-19. A week after the party announced him as the candidate for Velachery, Babu tested positive. “I wish to inform my Velachery voters that I contracted COVID. How unlucky I am! I really want to meet with all of you and seek your blessings and votes. We will be going on a hyper-digital campaign and my teams will come and meet with you. Do vote for MNM and me!” he had tweeted.
It’s a family friendship that goes back generations — starting with Anbil Mahesh Poyyamuzhi’s grandfather Anbil Dharmalingam and Udhayanidhi Stalin’s grandfather M Karunanidhi, continuing with their respective fathers Anbil Poyyamuzhi and Stalin, and now the two of them. As Mahesh, 43, walks 10 hours a day, seeking votes again in Thiruverumbur, the Tamil Nadu first family’s backing is clearly with him. There are at least 100 cadres in his entourage, mostly youth. His campaign office has huge posters of him and Udhayanidhi flanking Stalin.
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