Campaigns by various parties are in full swing in the state despite the high temperatures. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa is campaigning in Trichy on Saturday and has reportedly organised for 5 lakh water sachets for the people attending the rally. She is also holding her rally closer to sunset rather than at 2:30 pm when it was reportedly earlier scheduled.
A few days back Jayalalithaa was in Salem addressing an election rally and two AIADMK party workers are stated to have died due to sunstroke. According to the local people, 55-year-old Pachiannan and 62-year-old Periyasamy, collapsed and died of sunstroke. A senior police official also told the media that there were no complaints of any unnatural deaths.
The death of the two party workers was slammed by other parties. DMK’s MK Stalin criticised her for holding her election rallies in the afternoon heat which has proved fatal for many across the south recently. Election rallies are typically held in the evenings but Jayalalithaa has being holding them in the afternoon.
On Thursday, DMDK’s Vijayakant had moved the National Human Rights Commission against her for the deaths of the party workers. Jayalalithaa has now moved the rally closer to the evening.