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Coimbatore

As Koovathur 2.0 plays out, there is more than just seesaw and swing

AR Meyyammai

COVAI POST SPECIAL

Puducherry: Now, the entire political and media world is having their watchful eyes on Puducherry. Literally. Thanks to the sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran who has shepherded 18 MLAs supporting him into a plush resort at Chinnaveerampattinam.

As Koovathur 2.0 plays out, what are the elected representatives doing there? Their hands are full. Wait, it doesn’t mean they have appointments to meet the people who elected them and visit their respective constituencies. Their daily routine begins thus: Go for a walk, warm-up, read newspapers, chat with co-MLAs over a cup of coffee, get ready, have breakfast, talk with family and friends over phone, get updates over political developments, again lunch together, have a nap, have evening coffee, play for a while, go out for shopping, watch TV and dine and possibly wine together before they crash.

Or this is what Cumbum MLA S T K Jakkaiyan has to say to The Covai Post on their daily schedule in The Windflower Resort and Spa in which they are having a leisure time since Tuesday.

“Life is smooth. Yeah, all MLAs here are friends. We go for a walk, read newspapers, watch TV, discuss about the political situation etc…,” he says. Then, what is the need to stick together in a resort when your support to Dhinakaran is unflinching? “Well, in this (political) scenario, it happens. There is no compulsion that we should stay here. We have all the freedom to move around. It is a kind of moral support we gain from each other. It gives us a feeling that we are not alone,” he explains.

So what is in their itinerary in the coming days? Sight seeing, Jakkaiyan tells. How many days they would stay in the seaside resort? “Perhaps, two more days,” he signs off.

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