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.
Browse through our bank of articles as below:
Voting in the time of COVID-19: Chennai voters, check out this detailed guide
Desalination plants, ECR expansion, airport upgrade, GCC split: What are the different parties promising Chennai?
What are the roles and responsibilities of your elected MLA?
Constituency round-up: Anna Nagar, seat of TN’s richest MLA
Constituency round-up: Royapuram lacks basic amenities, but sitting MLA confident of win
Constituency round-up: Candidates and key issues in Ambattur
Constituency round-up: Candidates in Tambaram and what voters want them to address
Constituency round-up: T Nagar, crying for an end to persistent civic problems
Constituency round-up: Madhavaram voters look forward to regular water supply, sewage connections
Constituency round-up: Maduravoyal wants new MLA to look into unfinished projects, ration scams
Constituency round-up: Ex-MLA and ex-Councillor face-off in fisherfolk-dominant Thiruvottiyur
Constituency round-up : Alandur to see fight between two-time MLA, former social welfare minister and entrepreneur
Constituency round-up: Sitting DMK MLA to recontest Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar; voters want better infra and jobs
Constituency round-up: Pallavaram MLA to contest seat, even as long-standing demands of residents remain unmet
Constituency round-up: Retired public servant, social worker, transwoman face off in Mylapore contest
Constituency round-up: Two former mayors lock horns in Saidapet, riddled with waste and flooding issues
Constituency round-up: High-profile constituency fielding CM candidate, Kolathur has serious civic concerns
Constituency round-up: Udhayanidhi Stalin draws eyes to Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni
Constituency round-up: Young female candidates from MNM and NTK to take on seasoned leaders in Egmore
Constituency round-up: Sitting DMK MLA takes on 2011 winner in Sholinganallur contest
Constituency round-up: Industrialised Sriperumbudur wants water and sewage woes fixed
Constituency roundup: Villivakkam set for battle between J Anbazhagan’s grandson and 2011 winner
Constituency round-up: Sitting DMK MLA hopes to retain seat in the cosmopolitan constituency of Harbour
Constituency round-up: Infrastructure woes a key concern for voters in Velachery
Constituency round-up: Sitting MLA takes on DMK’s youth wing organiser and poet-lyricist from MNM in Virugambakkam
Constituency round-up: No MLA till date has acted on relocating dumpyard, say voters in Perambur
6000 booths, strict COVID protocol, 80-plus to vote at home: District officer shares election plans
Three new flyovers for T Nagar by December 2021: Sathyanarayanan B, MLA
Night schools and a public library in each ward are among my top priorities: NTK candidate Geetha Lakshmi
My vision is to make Mylapore green, clean and pristine: Sitting MLA Dr R Nataraj
Will bring Kendriya Vidyalaya and an arts college to Royapuram: DMK candidate Idream R Murthy (Video)
Will use my experience to create jobs and upskill youth: Sarathbabu Elumalai, MNM, Alandur MLA candidate
Will ensure citizens know more about local projects and funds: Siva Elango, MNM candidate from Tambaram
Will ensure better waste management, public gyms and libraries: T M Anbarasan, Alandur MLA
Will visit a ward every day if elected: A Ponnusamy, MNM candidate from Perambur
Do voters really think of that mixie when they vote?
இல்லத்தரசிகளுக்கான ஊதியம் என்ற தேர்தல் வாக்குறுதி
Panel discussion: What the city really wants from the new government