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Independent candidates fail to alter political landscape | Coimbatore News – Times of India

Coimbatore: Challenging political giants, a number of professionals, industrialists and activists had contested as unbiased candidates within the state meeting election within the district.
Several of them made a splash, toiled and made tall guarantees throughout the marketing campaign. Even although many of them have been assured of attending meeting classes, the bottom actuality differed at massive as voters appear to want political candidates to them.
Of the 137 candidates, who contested from Coimbatore district, as many as 65 about 47% of them had contested as independents. While constituencies like Singanallur, Coimbatore North, Coimbatore South and concrete segments of the district had greater than 10 independents, the quantity of independents in rural segments like Pollachi and Valparai was low.
Some of the unbiased candidates scored solely single-digit votes or zero in a number of rounds. Even by the top of counting, they managed to acquire votes solely in double digits. In reality, the quantity of individuals voted for independents is way lesser than the quantity of individuals who opted for Nota.
For occasion, Okay Maniraj, an industrialist and president of the Kovai Power Driven Pumps and Spares’ Manufacturers Association (Kopma), who contested from Singanallur constituency, scored solely 87 votes, which is simply 6% of the Nota rating of 1,407, and 0.10% of the winner’s rating of 80,437. “Even though I am a resident of Cheran Managar, which falls under the Kavundampalayam constituency, I chose Singanallur because there are 1.5 lakh MSMEs, especially foundries, pumpset units and grinder industries there. I wanted to amplify the voices of industrialists in the assembly,” he stated.
The state of affairs appears to be not significantly better for M Loganathan, an advocate-turned-activist, who contested from Coimbatore North. He had been rallying individuals, uniformly clad in white shirts and dhotis, throughout the marketing campaign. As many as 200 individuals joined his marketing campaign on the primary day and a number of other others had expressed willingness in social media platforms to be a part of him. But the passion failed to flip into votes. Loganathan scored solely 139 votes, 8% of Nota rating of 1,678 and 0.17% of the winner’s rating of 80,815 votes.
Requesting anonymity, an unbiased candidate stated, “I wanted to bring a change at least in my segment. But voters seem to be unwilling and have braced themselves to live with complaints for another five years.”


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