Booklet on achievements of Madurai South MLA R. Annadurai released

Tamil Nadu’s contribution in forming a non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the Centre would be crucial, said Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader A. Soundararajan.

After releasing a booklet on the achievements of Madurai South MLA R. Annadurai here on Friday, he said both the Congress and the BJP were following the same economic policies that affected the common man.

Both the national parties adopted the same policy with regard to de-controlling of fuel price and allowing foreign direct investments in retail trade. Both the parties were known for their corruption, he said.

Mr. Soundararajan wondered why the Reserve Bank of India fixed 2005 as the cut-off year to take back old currencies by April 1.

“If there was a real intention to curtail black money, the cut-off year should be 2010. It seems the intention is only to bring back the currencies kept idle into circulation and not to curb black money,” he said.

“(Among the regional parties) it is only the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam that has made it clear that it will not align with both the Congress and the BJP. The stand of the Left parties is also the same,” he said.

DMK tactics

Mr. Soundararajan, who is also the party leader in the Assembly, came down on the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), stating that the alliance between the DMK and the Congress continued till the last election to Rajya Sabha.

“The DMK chief will eventually come up with a reason for aligning with the Congress,” he said.

The need of the hour was to free the country of communal and caste clashes, as ensured by the AIADMK Government, he said.

Mr. Annadurai urged the district administration and the Corporation authorities to sink at least 500 borewells to overcome water crisis during the forthcoming summer.

Party leader M.N.S. Venkatraman, district secretary B. Vikraman, leaders R. Jothiram and N. Nanmaran were among those who spoke.

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