Jana (pana) nayagam?
“Inaiya ulavaga innadhu kooral kani irupa
kaai kavarndh tru”
“When one selects harsh words in place of sweet words, he is like picking up an unripe fruit to eat when there is lot of ripe ones”.
Coming back to Tamilnadu people being smart when it comes to elections is evident from the fact
1. They always give clear verdict in any election. No hung house non senses and also no coalition government fundas.
2. They know clearly what is an assembly election and what is a parliament election and they vote accordingly. Even when these elections held simultaneously there were occasions where they gave different mandates for different houses.
I don’t think parties can cheat them by giving money. They are really smart and they have their own reasons to prefer a party against another and it is difficult to predict them.
I am reminded of an interesting conversation I had with our servant maid “Aavudai” (who was in her forties) once upon a time, when I was around 10 or 11. It was when M.G.R. passed away and AIADMK got split up into two parties. One under Janaki MGR and another under JJ. The assembly was dissolved and election was announced as none had majority.
PB: Enna aavda yaruku vote poda pora?
(whom are you going to vote?)
Aavudai: seyalalitha ammaku than sami
(obviously to jayalalitha amma)
PB: en avangaluku podura?
Aavudai: Avuga thaen enna petha rasavuku ponjathiya irunthaaga..avugaluku than poduven
(She is the wife of Dr.MGR..so will vote only to her)
PB: Janaki amma than aavuda avar pondati, jeyalalitha illa..
(No aavudai, it is Janaki who is the wife of his, not JJ)
Aavuda: po sami wunakenna therium..avugaluku seyalalitha than ellam..ethna cinema la pathurupen!
(What do you know sami, I have seen in many movies..it is jeyalalitha who was everything to him!)
Sure people have their reasons..don’t they? Anyways, I liked the name “Aavudai” which is in my opinion, tamil equivalent of “Gomathi”.