For some, filing nominations is not just about paper work
Turning up in 'blood' soaked bandages, riding a bullock cart or a bicycle to the collectorate or getting pots of coins - for some contestants in Tamil Nadu filing nominations is not just about paper work.india Updated: Apr 25, 2009 10:48 IST
Turning up in 'blood' soaked bandages, riding a bullock cart or a bicycle to the collectorate or getting pots of coins - for some contestants in Tamil Nadu filing nominations is not just about paper work.
Many contestants, a chunk of them independents, have hit upon novel ideas to file their papers, providing some lighter moments to onlookers.
Devadoss, a rebel DMDK man who has jumped into the fray as an independent in a city constituency, surprised poll officials at Chennai corporation when he presented the deposit money of Rs 10,000, all in Re one coins.
Devadoss, denied ticket by party founder and actor Vijayakant, brought the coins in six pots and the officials had to spend close to two hours to count the 10,000 coins. In Coimbatore District, independent Noor Mohammd arrived at the Collectorate to file his nominations for the Pollachi seat by the age-old transport mode -- the bullock cart.
A Annadurai of Hindu Makkal Katchi (Thamizhagam), used the occasion of filing nomination for the Coimbatore Lok Sabha seat to highlight the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils by turning up with 'blood' soaked bandages all over his body.
Samajwadi Party candidate for Tirunelveli Parliamentary constituency S Syed Imam came to the collectorate riding a bicycle for filing nominations. S Kovanam Thanigavel, a sugarcane farmer from Kodumudi, filed his nomination as an independent for the Erode seat, holding two sugarcanes.
However, it was Tamil film actor Mansoor Ali Khan who stole the show when he came to file his nomination in Tiruchirappalli as an independent on behalf of actor-politician T Rajender's Latchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
Clad in a safari suit, the actor came riding a cycle rickshaw with two labourers as his passengers to "symbolically" highlight his "spirit to serve the downtrodden."
However, it turned out to be a flop show as officials rejected his papers for want of signatures of his proposers. It was a different story that he came the next day in his car, with all his theatrics given the go by to file the papers.