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Tough EC rules render TN painters jobless

india Updated: Apr 23, 2009 13:11 IST

This is perhaps an election like no other in Chennai city.

Clean walls without the garish poll graffiti and the empty sky-line bereft of huge hoardings depicting politicians of all shapes made Chennai to retain its traditional look, thanks to tough Election Commission guidelines but the new rules rendered hundreds of poll painters poor and jobless.

Somewhere in the heat and dust of poll campaign, the plight of painters is forgotten, their associations complain.

Adding to their owes was the recent State Government's order to remove the hoarding which clogged the sky line of Chennai. With this any scope of painters to earn additional money has disappeared.

The curbs imposed by the EC are impacting not just political candidates, but even small time painters, caterers, artisans, and outdoor advertising agencies, they say.

"Especially during the election time, each painter would have earned atleast Rs 25,000 per month", Tamil Nadu Outdoor Advertising Association Secretary A G Nayakam told PTI.

"Infact, hoardings played an important role during elections. In the last polls, many politicians have opted for hoardings since it reaches to the people very quickly", he said.