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Ruling party should value correctness of views expressed by the Opposition parties and alliance partners, says Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Thursday said there were many examples to show that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Government had respected the suggestions made by Opposition parties and alliance partners.

Asked if he had, by cancelling the cooperative polls, thwarted the move by certain sections who wanted to drive a wedge between the DMK and its allies, he said in a democracy, the ruling party should value the correctness of the views expressed by the Opposition parties and the alliance partners instead of adopting an egoistic attitude.

Transfer issue

On criticism against the Government for re-transferring the Collector and some police officers to Madurai after the by-election held for Madurai (West) Assembly segment, he said during the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) rule also the Election Commission had transferred the Collector of Chennai and some police officers, including then Police Commissioner of Madurai, during the Lok Sabha elections in 2004.

They were re-appointed after the poll.

‘Comical plea’

Replying to a query on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s appeal to AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa to extend her party’s support to the National Democratic Alliance-backed Presidential candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, he said the plea sounded “comical” if it was seen against the backdrop of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s charge in August 1999, that his party did not succumb to the AIADMK leader’s “blackmail.”

Denying Ms. Jayalalithaa’s charge that there was “undeclared power cut” in the State, he said the State had been experiencing power disruption here and there during summer for the past several years in view of lack of power generation from windmills in March, April and May.

Shortage of new transformers

There had been shortage of new transformers, owing to the failure of the previous AIADMK regime to purchase 14,000 transformers to meet the State’s requirements. Power disruption was on the decline now, with DMK Government replacing 10,000 transformers.

Quality power

Minister for Electricity Arcot N.Veerasamy had explained that all consumers would be ensured supply of quality power without any disruption in a month, he pointed out.