Krishnadasan, a resident of Madhavaram constituency has taken a call to take on the DMK’s “Rising Son” and self assumed “Home Minister” of Tamil Nadu State.
Krishnadasan is an entrepreneur who is into logistics business. He is a resident of Madhavaram Milk Colony and has been running the logistics business with moderate success. Krishnadasan is a childhood buddy of this author. As a childhood friend, I had never found any political ambition with him. But all of a sudden, he has decided to contest in Chepauk-Triplicane constituency and he filed the nomination on the last date viz 19 March 2021.
After scrutiny his nomination was accepted on 20 March 2021 and he is awaiting for his symbol.
I was really surprised when a budding entrepreneur has decided to take a political plunge.
Today, he visited me and unusually presented a shawl and sought this author’s support for his electoral campaign.
I was really puzzled and asked him, why he is contesting in this election, that too against a heavyweight – Udhayanidhi Stalin. His explanation was intriguing.
“I was born and grew in Madhavaram Milk Colony. Right from my childhood, I was and am a DMK supporter. It was Kalaignar Karunanidhi, who reinstated more than 1200 Aavin employees who were summarily terminated when they entered on a flash strike in the early eighties. Their families were starving without work and a few people committed suicide.
When Dr Kalaignar came to power in 1989, he reinstated all the dismissed Aavin employees and I was just overwhelmed by this kindness of Dr. Kalaignar. My fondness for DMK grew manifold after this incident.
After the demise of Kalaignar, his son MK. Stalin was elected as the DMK President. I did not have any objection to his elevation as DMK president, as Stalin has worked hard for the development of the party right from his student days.
However, the forced projection and elevation of Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi, was an act which I could not digest that easily as a DMK supporter.
Udhayanidhi except acting in a few movies, has not contributed anything neither to the party or to the state of Tamil Nadu. When he was elevated as DMK Youth Wing Secretary in a jiffy, without any consultation with any senior party leaders, I was a little perturbed, but, consoled myself that what is wrong in this.
When Udhayanidhi Stalin was announced as the candidate for Chepauk-Triplicane constituency on behalf of DMK and when I heard the news that he is planning to become Deputy CM and hold the portfolio of Home, which can control the entire police force in the State, I was not able to digest it.
The choice of PMK to contest in Chepauk-Triplicane also has raised my suspicion as there is no support base for PMK in Chepauk.
As an ardent supporter of DMK, I thought it is my duty to show a sign of protest against this family politics by DMK’s first family.
DMK is a party built by the sweat and blood of cadres and not just one family. The party belongs to the people and not one family.
Hence, I have decided to contest as an independent against Udhayanidhi” said Krishnadasan.
When a question was posed to Krishnadasan, how will he match the money and muscle power of DMK, his reply was “I believe in democracy. I will place the facts before the Triplicane-Chepauk constituency people. It is for them to decide who should win” said Krishnadasan.
He visited me today and did a clichéd act of presenting a shawl to me.
As he is childhood buddy, I could not refuse his love and affection.
I am really puzzled how he can even put up even a small contest against the Billionaire Udhayanidhi. But his confidence has impressed me.
Wish you the best in the campaign my dear friend.
With love and affection