25 November, 2020

The Dummy-Samy

Kanimozhi chose little-known S. Velusamy, DMK’s Vilathikulam panchayat secretary, to be her dummy candidate for the Thoothukudi seat so she can still put up a serious fight in case her nomination papers are rejected.

The Dummy-Samy
outlookindia.com
2019-12-09T13:14:38+05:30

Remember the Baroda tea vendor who was one of Narendra Modi’s proposers when he contested there in 2014? Well, the DMK too had a similar ‘ordinary man’ moment when its Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi chose little-known S. Velusamy, DMK’s Vilathikulam panchayat secretary, to be her dummy candidate for the Thoot­hukudi seat so she can still put up a serious fight in case her nomination papers are rejected. During one of Kanimozhi’s recce visits, Velusamy had impressed her with a performance analysis of the DMK and AIADMK candidates in his constituency in the 2014 assembly polls. She discovered that the 63-year-old from a scheduled caste community had retired from the state’s revenue department and owned just two acres of land, while his wife worked in a local government office. “His simplicity and clean credentials convinced Kanimozhi to pick him over the heavyweights. It also displayed her hum­ane side,” says Joel, a youth leader.

How did Velusamy feel about the unexpected development? “I feel honoured that...

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