MADURAI: The government should study the impact of existing Samathuvapurams in the State before creating new ones, founder of the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) R. Sarath Kumar has said.
Pointing to the Governor’s address in the Assembly on the government’s decision to create 95 new Samathuvapurams, the actor-turned-politician said, “First the government should get a report as to whether Samathuvapurams have united people belonging to different communities.”
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Mr. Sarath Kumar said the State had not seen any development in the 40 years of rule by the Dravidian parties. Stating that no party could take credit for the development of software industry in the State, he said, “It had to happen… because of the intelligence and command over English language of our people.” There should be a (political) change which we (our party) can give,” he added. On the debate over who was the (political) heir of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founder M.G. Ramachandran, Mr. Sarath Kumar said MGR had nominated actor K. Bhagyaraj and no one else as his heir.
Recalling his involvement in the AIADMK as its student wing cadre, Mr. Sarath Kumar said that he would like to follow in the footsteps of MGR, rather than “calling myself his heir.”
The party’s first political conference in Madurai on February 10 would come out with its ideology on the overall development of the State with a ‘Vision 2025’ programme. “Ours will be a people’s party aimed at fulfilling the requirements of people … on all fronts,” he said.