Except the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), no other political party or combine seems to have any leader of calibre suitable for the Prime Minister post, according to Anbumani Ramadoss, youth wing leader of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).

He was campaigning for party candidate Sudha Manirathinem here on Saturday. Dr. Ramadoss said that the NDA had been projecting Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. “If Mr. Modi becomes Prime Minister, he would replicate the Gujarat growth model in the rest of the country,” he said.

“Will get 30 of the 39 seats”

None of the other parties, including the Congress, the Communist parties, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, could project any candidate as the next Prime Minister. Dr. Ramadoss said that the NDA in Tamil Nadu would garner 30 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats.

Once the NDA formed the government at the Centre, he would bring many projects to Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Ramadoss underscored the point that the Lok Sabha elections were a precursor to the Assembly elections or in other words its outcome would determine the course of the Assembly elections.

He claimed that when he was the Union Health Minister, he was instrumental in introducing “108” ambulance services across the country. The endeavour of the PMK had brought the railway over-bridge to the Chidambaram town. He guaranteed peace to the residents of Chidambaram if they vote for the PMK candidate.

Unlike certain other political parties that were indulging in vengeful politics, the PMK had been asking its supporters to pursue studies with utmost sincerity.

They should see to it that they behave in such a manner that they would never be summoned to police stations and courts. Criticising the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government, he said that the party’s electoral slogan “peace, prosperity and progress” sounded hollow.

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