'Sri Lanka factor' in Tamil Nadu poll
If the election is close
Sri Lanka could be a
In Chengalpet, a retired government employee who has voted in every election did not mince his words.
Mr Appaswamy said he sympathised with the Tamil people of Sri Lanka not because of his Tamil identity but "out of humanity". But he pooh-poohed assurances by the DMK and AIADMK on the issue, saying "they are stunts for elections to get votes".
A young professional in Madras (Chennai), Mr Chandrabose, was equally forthright.
"This is all politics," he said, clarifying he was more concerned by issues influencing the quality of his life. With a wife who doesn't work and a small child, he was more concerned about the policies the parties planned to implement.