R. Vimal Kumar
`Re-sale tax levied on traders will be removed'
TUTICORIN: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M. Karunanidhi on Thursday appealed to the people to cast their votes for the constituents of the Democratic Progressive Alliance for a government that fulfilled its poll promises.
Addressing an election rally in Tuticorin town, he said the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK Government failed to fulfil its promises made in the 2001 election manifesto. The party promised to appoint a teacher each for all classes in schools and dispose official files within a week. "Unfortunately, all these promises still remain in paper and the only official files that were disposed within a week were the ones that offered scope for corruption."
The promise to distribute gas stoves to below-poverty-line people was also put in the backburner. "Fear of losing has gripped Ms. Jayalalithaa. Hence, she has started making poll promises which will yet again remain in paper." Mr. Karunanidhi said that re-sale tax of one percent levied on traders during the present AIADMK regime would be removed, if his party was voted to power.
Besides, steps would be taken to increase the sales tax ceiling/slab for owners of shops and establishments with annual turnovers of more than Rs. 3 lakhs.
K. Kanagaraj, CPI (M) district secretary, N. Periyasamy, DMK district secretary, S. Rajendran, Kovilpatti MLA, and Radhika Selvi, Tiruchendur MP, were present.
In the morning, Mr. Karunanidhi was given a warm reception by the cadres of the DPA parties at the railway station here.