Coffee With MLAs Event - None Of The MLAs Turned Up
The volunteers, students and civilians gathered at Valluvar Kottam on Sunday morning waiting for 122 MLAs who failed to turn up. All the elected members of Legislative Assembly were invited to the event to explain their stand. The organizers wanted MLAs particularly the MLAs stayed in Koovathur resort to be given a platform to explain their stand. The people were waiting and called the MLAs by the phone but none responded.
The event was organized by Arrapor Iyakkam (anti corruption group). They decided to have fun interaction with the guys masked like MLAs. Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna spoke at the event and also sung 'Pormaboku' song.
The civilians were gathered for questioning the MLAs for the first time without fear. The people say though none of the MLAs visited the event, the event is important to show the democracy. It will reflect the people's mind to the government. The people who attended the event said none of the MLAs have guts to face people's questions. They have no qualities to be a leader. One of the participants aged 67 said her land is occupied by Sasikala group which they bought in 1980 in OMR. We have fenced it, but in between 1997 to 2003 they took our land creating duplicate documents. Though we went to court there was no use, they destroyed all proofs.
'Where are You MLA... Please come to Valluvar Kottam to hear our voice...' banner at the event. Hundreds of people participated and the event had started with traditional folk dance 'parai'. The cultural dances and songs imitated current politics, political satire and political awareness. The film actress Rohini, social activists and others participated in the event.
At the end, as a symbolic gesture, 'People Vote of Confidence' slips were passed around and people had to select Yes/No and deposit it in a box. The slips we will be sent to President.