Politics gets younger: Women at 20s contest the fest of franchise


Two women, both aged 22 years with political background, have entered the election race in Coimbatore and Tirupur respectively. Nivetha Senathipathi, the daughter of DMK’s Maruthamalai Senathipathy, is about to contest for the post of ward councillor in Ward No. 97 of the Coimbatore Corporation. Currently pursuing her M.A. in Psychology, she mentions that her interest in social service led to her entry in politics. If elected, she promised that she would focus on addressing the basic needs of the residents in Ward No. 97 such as improving the condition of roads, housing, toilets and streetlights. Efforts would also be taken to address the mental health issues of the residents, she promised.
In Tirupur, A. Deepika contests on behalf of DMK-Congress alliance for the post of ward councillor in Ward No. 55 of the Tiruppur Corporation. Although she is the daughter of A. Visalakshi, who became the first elected Mayor of Tiruppur Corporation in 2011 under AIADMK, said that her ideology was different from that of her mother and that she had always looked up to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as an inspiration. Regarding the issues at Ward No. 55, she said that basic amenities of the residents were not addressed for over the years, and expressed confidence that she would “make a good mediator” between the public and the officials to redress these issues, if elected.

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