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Appealing to voters: CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yetchuri addressing an election campaign meeting in Dindigul on Sunday.
Appealing to voters: CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yetchuri addressing an election campaign meeting in Dindigul on Sunday.

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“To protect innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka and restore peace”

DINDIGUL: Strong and alternative foreign policy is essential to protect innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka and restore peace there. Our new government will do that, said CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yetchuri.

He was campaigning for AIADMK candidate P. Balasubramani here on Sunday.

Thousand of innocent Tamils have been killed in the crossfire between LTTE and Sri Lankan Army. We must protect innocent Tamils, he added.

“Wrong policies” of the Central government affected people in the country and also people abroad.

Shift in policy direction to combat terrorism, communalism and for establishing cordial relationship with neighbouring countries is imperative to create a strong India. Our new government would do it, he said.

Reacting strongly to Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s assurance on protection of Tribals and rural employment generation at a public meeting in Chennai, he questioned why the Congress that ruled the nation for five decades did not do it so far. You were forced to speak now because of hectic pressure from CPI-M.

The Congress and the BJP did not realise the impact of recession in the country.

Over one lakh people in the country lost their jobs and five lakh people started returning to India.

We need a distinctive policy to protect them. Both parties did not address these issues so far. Moreover, poverty forced poor in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to sell their organs for survival and farmers to commit suicide. Stimulus package offered by the Congress to overcome recession helped only corporate companies and not the poor, he charged.

Stating that 65 per cent of people in the country was below 35 years of which 54 per cent below 25 years, Mr. Yetchuri said such youth power must be empowered through good health, education and employment opportunities.

They will create a new India. Our duty is to change policies to empower them.

Moreover, more investments should be made in public sector for infrastructure development such as roads, power, canals, dams, health and education to fill the gap between shining India and suffering India that has more than 65 per cent of population.

Hitting hard on the Congress and BJP, he charged that secular governments were toppled by the BJP and Congress only.

“It will not happen this time as the third front will emerge a strong force and stand on its own.”

Announcing a prime minister before the election will be an insult to the Constitution. We will elect an able prime minister after polls because voters had defeated prime ministerial candidate in earlier polls, he added.

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