The Chief Election Officer of Tamil Nadu Mr Praveen Kumar has stated that 24591 people in TN have chosen the 49 O option to demonstrate their unwillingness to vote for any of the candidates in the fray.
This includes voters in 2 prestigious constituencies viz Thiruvarur where the CM is contesting and Srirangam where ex-CM is in the ring. This is a severe indictment on both these personalities by the voters and it shows their disillusionment and disenchantment with the current state of party politics in TN.
It is all the more interesting that no one registered a 49 O in Rishivandhiyam constituency where DMDK Founder Vijayaganth is one of the candidates. Perhaps they have some hope left and are looking for a fresh leader to set things right.
It is important to remember that exercising 49O option is not a secret and there is a register maintained at each booth where they sign. That 24591 people have come out in the open is a clear message that they have reached a saturation point and want, not a ceremonial change but a real leadership to take the state to glorious heights. It should also be noted that these people are the NOT silent disillusioned lot who comment on the state of politics and stay in their homes. They have stood in the queues like anybody else and gave their verdict.
I am sure that if there was a provision to select 49 O option in the EVM, many more would have done it.
Will the parties and their leaders wake up atleast now?