She campaigns in Thanjavur, Kumbakonam

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), if voted to power in this election, will take steps to solve the Cauvery water issue and establish the rights of Tamil Nadu on Cauvery, said Jayalalithaa its general secretary here on Monday.

Speaking at an election meeting at Thilakar Thidal, Jayalalithaa said that the DMK minority Government in the State, had failed to solve the Cauvery water issue.

Despite being a partner in the Union Government, the DMK Government has not solved the Cauvery water issue or for that matter any water dispute with neighbouring states.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had not taken steps to gazette the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal's final award, she said.

She said that, if voted to power, her party will help the farmers by fixing a fair procurement price for paddy and pulses.

She said that the DMK Government has failed to contain price rise. She alleged that the price rise was an “artificial one” created by DMK regime. She said that huge amounts were looted in illegal sand quarrying, granite quarrying by DMK men.

Jayalalithaa also alleged that Karunanidhi had betrayed Sri Lankan Tamils and bartered away Katchatheevu. Mr. Karunanidhi has not taken steps to put an end to killings of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lanka Navy.

“DMK regime has not done anything good to farmers, weavers and fishermen,” she alleged.

Speaking about 2G spectrum issue she said that the scam had brought disrepute to the Tamil people. With respect to Thanjavur Assembly constituency, she said that a dental college at Thanjavur Medical College will be started if AIADMK was voted to power. Railway low bridge near railway station will be converted into an over bridge. Vennar drinking water pumping station will be modernised and protected drinking water will be supplied to people of Thanjavur. Ring road around Thanjavur will be completed in full.

She listed the schemes announced in the party's election manifesto like distribution of free grinder, mixie and fan, 20 kg of rice free of cost to card holders, distribution of laptop computers to school and college students, distribution of four grams of gold to women for marriage, distribution of cow and goats to people, construction of green houses, provision of uninterrupted power supply etc.

Women lustily cheered when Ms. Jayalalithaa mentioned about four grams of gold for marriage. They responded positively when she asked them to dislodge the DMK regime in this election. She appealed to people to exercise their franchise without fail in the elections.

She introduced AIADMK candidates R. Vaidyalingam (Orathanadu), Rathnaswamy (Thiruvaiyaru), Rangaswamy (Thanjavur) and appealed to the people to vote for two leaves symbol to elect them. She also introduced Arun Pandiyan, DMDK candidate for Peravurani and Senthil Kumar, DMDK candidate for Pattukottai and appealed to the people to vote for them in drum symbol.

Earlier she spoke at Kumbakonam. She said that a ring road will be completed around Kumbakonam.

At Kumbakonam she introduced AIADMK candidates R. Ramanathan (Kumbakonam), Duraikannan (Papanasam) and Pandiyarajan (Thiruvidaimaruthur).