While his counterparts choose to rest, relax and rejuvenate after a long day’s campaigning, Communist Party of India’s (Marxist-Leninist) Kumarapalayam constituency candidate, S Subramani, heads to a weaving unit to start night shift. “I campaign during the day and work at night. Working as a weaver, I earn 500 per night, which I use for the next day’s campaign,” Subramani told TOI.
The 40-year-old, who is also All India Central Council of Trade Union’s Namakkal district secretary, wants the next government to give free houses to workers in handloom, construction and unorganised sectors. “The government should fix a minimum monthly salary of 26,000 for the workers. Aged and retired workers should be given 5,000 as pension every month,” he said.
Kumarapalayam, a textile town, is notorious for kidney rackets, sale of newborn babies and surrogacy scams, Subramani said. “The party had urged the Centre to include Kumarapalayam town in the smart city. However, PM didn’t include it. If I win, I’ll make sure it happens.”
AIADMK and BJP didn’t do anything for weavers and workers in the unorganised sector, he said. “I am appealing to people to cast their votes for me instead of big parties.”