Why you can’t blame the deaths at Jaya’s rallies outside Chennai on the weather alone
It is no secret that political parties in Tamil Nadu bribe crowds in cash and kind to attend rallies ahead of state and Parliamentary elections. But this year, as the state prepares for the May 16 Assembly polls, crowd mobilisation has come into sharp focus following the deaths of four people at Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s campaigns in Vriddhachalam and Salem in the past two weeks. Most of the deaths are related to the scorching temperatures Tamil Nadu has seen this month – with the mercury often touching 40 degrees Celsius. Last week, the weather department even issued a heat wave warning for Chennai and other parts of the state.