Cauvery delta voters to decide fates of Jaya

Thanjavur: The voters of Cauvery delta districts in Tamil Nadu are in a unique position to choose between two powerful Chief Ministerial contenders in the April 13 assembly elections, that has raised their hopes of seeing an end to their woes.

AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa chose Srirangam on the banks of Cauvery in Tiruchirapalli district while her arch rival and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is fighting from his home town Tiruvarur in the delta.

The Cauvery delta comprises Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts.

Karunanidhi has shifted from Chepauk in Chennai, which he has represented since 1996 and Jayalalithaa from Andipatti in Theni district, which she won twice.

Jayalalithaa`s forefathers hailed from Srirangam and migrated to Mysore decades ago while Karunanidhi started his public life in 1937 at Tiruvarur when he organsied anti-Hindi agitation as a student of Board High School there.

The DMK veteran has never lost an election from 1957 when he was elected from Kulithalai in Karur district.

Jayalalithaa tasted defeat at Bargur in Krishnagiri district in 1996.

Shrinking cultivable areas due to lack of water in the Cauvery for the past two decades, frequent power cuts, industrial backwardness, alleged killings of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and non-implementation of schemes to the victims of the 2004 tsunami are some of the key issues dominating the electioneering in the delta.