In the last two days alone, Ambur town has been seeing children in the age group of 9-15 years campaigning for the DMK after school hours. Groups of 10 children go around different parts of the town raising slogans like `Vote for DMK', `Vote for Rising Sun' and `Ungal Vottu Kalaignarukku'.
Parties engage children for campaign and pay them `50. "We are given `50 to raise slogans for the DMK.
We go around 10 streets in our area raising the slogans," said a 14-year-old boy studying in class IX in a government-aided school in the town.
The main reasons for this tactic were that the children were very enthusiastic and are cheap labour. “Once the political parties announce their candidates, you will see more and more children carrying party flags and raising slogans,” said social activists.
Another group of children were found campaigning for the DMK in wards 3 and 14 of Ambur municipality.
When I asked the boys, they said the councillor gave them `50 each," a ward 3 resident said on condition of anonymity.