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Amma fixes auspicious date for her nominees

A party diktat has instructed them to file their nomination papers between 11 am and 12 noon April 22.
PTI | By G.C. Shekhar, Chennai
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2004 02:48 AM IST

This is one auspicious hour that the 33 AIADMK candidates in Tamil Nadu cannot miss.

A party diktat has instructed them to file their nomination papers between 11 am and 12 noon on Thursday, April 22 — considered to be the most auspicious time available between April 16 and 23 when nominations are open.

In view of party supremo Jayalalitha's staunch belief in astrology and vaastu, the instruction is not out of place, but it could pose problems for many candidates who had identified the most suitable time and day as per their individual horoscopes. "My astrologer had suggested April 21, being a Wednesday, but now I need to postpone it by a day since that's how the party wants it," said an AIADMK candidate.

To keep up the date with the Golden Hour, AIADMK candidates have been asked to collect their nomination papers on April 16 and have them ready with all the mandatory enclosures by April 22. Party insiders feel that April 23 could also have been chosen as it happens to be Akshaya Thrithi, considered a golden day as per the Hindu calendar when people buy gold for increased prosperity.

While AIADMK candidates need to stick to the rule, there are no such compulsions for candidates of other parties. "I leave these details to my wife," said Congress leader E.V.K.S. Elangovan, contesting from Gobichettipalayam.

Even candidates of the 'rationalist' DMK are silently fastidious when choosing the best time and day to file their papers, making sure to sidestep Rahu Kaalam (inauspicious period.)

"Since there is so much at stake, it is only appropriate that he picks the time most favourable to him to file his papers. Even though as a party we believe in the Hindu ethos, we do not impose any time-frame on candidates for such things," said a state BJP functionary.

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