The fight against rampant corruption should start on April 13 from Tamil Nadu, where one family that benefited immensely out of 2G spectrum scam is controlling all resources and everything has been monopolised by that family, CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat has said.

“The liberation of Tamil Nadu from the corrupt Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will also be a severe blow to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre, where the DMK is also a partner,” Mr. Karat said.

Addressing an election campaign meeting at Palayamkottai on Tuesday night, Mr. Karat said the people, already suffering from unbearable price rise of essential commodities, were being tormented by massive corruptions for which the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and its ally Congress alone should be held responsible. Instead of curbing the inflation, the anti-people policies being pursued by the Centre were further fuelling the price rise. Consequent to the upward revision of petrol price on seven occasions, which was never opposed by the Union DMK ministers, the price of the essential commodities had increased phenomenally.

Referring to the 2G spectrum scam, Mr. Karat recalled that the Prime Minister and the Union Ministers were repeatedly saying that there was no loss to the government in the sale of band to a group of private companies even after the Comptroller and Auditor General had found that the country had suffered a loss of over Rs. 1.76 lakh crore in the controversial allocation.

Ridiculing Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's assertion of “emergency-like situation in Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Karat said the DMK was making hue and cry as “their right to distribute money to purchase the votes had been affected.”

He said the Election Commission should file criminal cases against those who distribute cash for votes.

He also requested the people to repose their faith in AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa and give clear verdict against the anti-people policies being heaped by the DMK and the Congress so that it would be a big blow to both the parties.