MADURAI: The ‘Lotus Times’ website has been closely watching the field work of all political parties in Madurai district for the past two years.
Not figuring in the list of 5 LS constituencies during the alliance talks has come as a big shock and jolt for the BJP cadres since they have garnered support of local people and upped the mood of party cadres in Madurai district through fieldwork.
Of course, the alliance may not be able to fit in Madurai seat for 2019 elections due to political bargaining and compulsions. But, the REALITY IN MADURAI IS THAT THE BJP HAS EMERGED STRONGER here. Hence the expectations and BJP workers are still hopeful for a miracle that Madurai will be in the Five. WHY SHOULD WE MISS MADURAI? The cadres’ voice as on March 11th 2019.
WHAT BJP DID IN MADURAI?
1. The BJP Madurai Rural and Madurai Urban districts were active on the field, their presence was strongly felt among the public here, and lots of groundwork from booth level was done in expectation that being a STAR constituency as announced by the party, the BJP will get the Madurai LS seat.
2. People’s issues from all communities have been taken up from Madurai. It was Modi who gave AIIMS for Madurai, it was Modi government that settled ‘Jallikattu issue’ for Madurai, it was the BJP government at the Centre that is positively handling the Sivakasi crackers issue near Madurai with empathy and sympathy. Likewise the Devendrars issue in Madurai area, ….. And, the local people are acknowledging the role played by the BJP from Madurai region. So, there is a disappointment
3. Lakhs of people in Madurai district’s Melur area are in support of the BJP for its role in taking up the GRANITE QUARRIES REOPENING issue for livelihood of people/ daily wage earners. They are ready to support the BJP and several associations have pledged their support for the BJP taking up a humanitarian cause.
4. Booth level BJP cadres have been working day in and day out because they thought that the party will contest from Madurai area. Alliance talks may have missed Madurai out but the field level sentiment is cadres’ disappointment. This is reflected during our interaction.
5. BJP got emerging popular faces in Madurai in recent months and the party cadres had worked with enthusiasm. Since Madurai Parliament constituency is not in the list of five, there is sentiment down among field level. The Lotus Times interaction made it clear.
The BJP national top brass came to Madurai in the last two years. The cadres and leaders were under the impression that since all top level leaders from PM Modi to Amit Shah and others came here, Madurai will be in the BJP list.
BUT THE MOOD ON THE GROUND IS THAT BJP SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR ATLEAST SEVEN. AND MADURAI WILL BE A NATURAL CHOICE BECAUSE OF THE WORK DONE AND GAINING PEOPLE’S SUPPORT thanks to Modi govt welfare schemes.