The much anticipated Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021 is here. The political landscape of the state has undergone drastic changes since the last election, with both major parties losing their leaders in M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalitha. New entrants such as Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam have found their footing in the scene. The Bharatiya Janata Party is hoping to make inroads in the state with a popular ally. TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam attempts draw voters away from the ruling Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Friends have turned foes and foes have turned allies as parties attempt to form a winning coalition.
In the run up to voting day today, what we at Citizen Matters found is that the wishlist of Chennai voters has remained more or less constant. Voters want their roads fixed, sewage system functioning, piped water at homes, better waste management and improved civic infrastructure. All the grand political rhetoric notwithstanding, the gaps in governance affecting civic infrastructure and basic amenities in the city have yet to be filled.
Will these be addressed by the new government? Shall we see a better, more livable Chennai? As in all democracies, it depends to a large extent on how we vote, the choices we make as voters. And better choices are always more informed choices.
If you want to know what to do on voting day or if you’re wondering how COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to, for answers to who is contesting from your constituency or what the key issues in each area are, our comprehensive election coverage has everything you need to know. And even a few voices of aspiring MLAs across parties.
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