Making obvious her ambition for a role in national politics, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader Jayalalithaa on Monday vowed to modernise the defence forces by enhancing its capabilities on a par with those of super powers.

Launching a scathing attack on the the Centre and criticising its economic, diplomatic and defence policies, she said funds for modernisation of defence forces were steadily curtailed over the years. Ms. Jayalalithaa assured voters that the AIADMK would ensure that the armed forces emerged a model to other countries.

 Kick-starting her election campaign from the Kancheepuram Lok Sabha constituency, she sought votes for party candidate Maragatham Kumaravel and urged the voters to end dynasty rule and corrupt governance. Even as talks on seat-sharing with the two alliance parties – the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist party of India – are yet to be finalised, the AIADMK went ahead with the campaign. Unlike other States, the AIADMK government had allotted adequate funds to modernise the police force and implement various welfare schemes for the personnel and their family members.

“The Tamil Nadu police is a model for other States to emulate. The AIADMK government will take steps to modernise the defence forces. This will protect the country from the threats posed by external forces,” she said.

Ms. Jayalalithaa asked the voters to get rid of the “anti-people” Congress government. “I want you to put an end to the corrupt Congress rule.”