People still have a faith in democracy
MADURAI: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam would bounce back to power in 2011 and not vanish as predicted by the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, M.K. Alagiri, said former AIADMK Minister and Jayalalithaa Peravai secretary, Nainar Nagendran.
Addressing a protest organised by the party to condemn the “malfunctioning” of the Madurai Corporation here on Wednesday, Mr. Nagendran said that if those-with-money-could-win elections were the rule only Tatas and Birlas could rule the country.
“People still have a faith in democracy and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cannot stop the AIADMK from coming back to power next year,” he claimed. Condemning Mr. Alagiri for his remarks that the AIADMK would not exist in 2011, he said that the party founded by M. G. Ramachandran forced the DMK out of power for 13 years.
He said that the DMK, which was running a minority government, was buying MLAs instead of fighting it in a democratic way.
Mr. Nagendran alleged that the in-fighting in the DMK was a reason for neglect of Madurai city.
He listed out various “failures and irregularities” of the Madurai Corporation.
There were “irregularities” in fixing property tax and collection of toll on the Ring Road.
The drinking water pipelines of the second drinking water project burst at several places and the underground drainage was overflowing.
The Corporation had not been able to pay around Rs. 60 crore to the contractors for the finished development projects and could not disburse salary and pension benefits.
The ruling party men were allowed to have unauthorised hoardings in the city in connection with Mr. Alagiri's birthday, he said.
District secretaries, K. Raju (AIADMK urban district), R. Annadurai (Communist Party of India-Marxist), M. Saravanan (Communist Party of India) and M. Boominathan (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), AIADMK leaders, V.V. Rajan Chellappa, V.R. Rajangam, M.S. Pandiyan, P. Salaimuthu and Valarmathi Jebaraj and party councillors participated in the agitation.