“Sethusamudram project will transform the State’s economy”
CHENNAI: People should make the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led Democratic Progressive Alliance victorious in all 40 Lok Sabha constituencies [in the State and Puducherry] if the dream of E.V. Ramasamy, C.N. Annadurai and K. Kamaraj of making Tamil Nadu prosperous is to be fulfilled, DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunaidhi said here on Saturday.
Kick-starting the DPA’s poll campaign at a public meeting at Purasawalkam, Mr.Karunanidhi referred to the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s promise to scrap the Sethusamudram ship channel project and wondered whether voters would provide AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa with the authority. It would be suicidal. The project, when completed, would transform the economy of the State.
Recalling that the AIADMK, in its manifestos for the 2001 Assembly elections and 2004 Lok Sabha polls, assured voters that the project would be implemented within a time frame, Mr.Karunanidhi said what was sweetening to the Opposition party earlier had now turned bitter.
He accused the AIADMK of adopting a position that would benefit Sri Lanka economically.
Tracing the genesis of the project, Mr.Karunanidhi recounted how former Chief Minister C.N.Annadurai, within months of coming to power in 1967, gave a call for its implementing it and other projects beneficial to the State.
Expressing the hope that the DPA would score yet another emphatic electoral victory, he referred to the forecast by many pollsters that the Congress-led UPA government would retain power at the Centre.
Explaining how the UPA and DMK governments State were functioning for the welfare of people, he emphasised the need for unity and coordination among constituents of the alliance to ensure victory.
TNCC president and candidate for the Salem Lok Sabha constituency, K.V.Thangkabalu, rejected the argument that the DMK government would plunge into crisis after the elections.
He said the DMK enjoyed the goodwill of AICC president Sonia Gandhi, and, as long as the Congress was there, there would be no problem for it.
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol. Thirmavalavan said the AIADMK alliance was a bundle of contradictions while the DMK front was a natural alliance. Recalling PMK leader S. Ramadoss’s remarks that the VCK was in the wrong alliance, he said whether this was true or not, the PMK had become a part of an anti-people alliance.
Earlier, Mr.Karunanidhi introduced all 40 candidates of the DMK and its alliance partners.