Special Correspondent

Jayalalithaa says mood of people is against DPA

  • Asks police not to succumb to pressure from Government
  • "DMK has decided to win elections by unleashing violence"

    CHENNAI: All-India Anna Dravdia Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa on Tuesday urged higher police officials in the State to act impartially, without "succumbing to pressure" from the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, in the local body elections.

    Launching her campaign for the candidates of the AIADMK-led Democratic People's Alliance for the Corporation of Chennai, she said as the mood of the people in the State was against the DMK, the ruling party appeared to have decided to win the civic elections by "unleashing violence."

    Making it clear that she would not ask the police to act in favour of the AIADMK-led alliance, Ms. Jayalalithaa urged them to discharge their duties impartially. She also assured them that any "penal action" by the DMK Government for performing their role fairly in the local body poll would be revoked when the AIADMK came back to power.

    She flayed the Government for adopting an "ostrich-in-the-sand attitude" in tackling chikungunya, which had so far claimed 293 lives in the State. She charged the DMK Government with failing to get the special package provided by the Centre, owing to its claim that there were no deaths due to chikungunya in the State. She also criticised Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss for "repeating the DMK Government's claim" in this regard.

    Ms. Jayalalithaa said all the 13 Union Ministers from Tamil Nadu owed an explanation to the people as to why the United Progressive Alliance Government, of which the DMK is a constituent, had not taken steps to roll back the price of petrol and diesel, though the price of crude oil in the international market had come down from Rs. 3510 in July last to Rs. 2700 last month.

    She accused the DMK Government of not taking steps to control the price of essential articles. The prices of grocery items, edible oil and construction materials, including cement and sand, had gone up steeply during the last five months.

    She urged the people to make use of the opportunity provided by the local body elections "to teach a fitting lesson to the minority DMK Government," which had been trying to "hoodwink the electorate with schemes that were not viable." General secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Vaiko said law and order had deteriorated under the DMK rule. Leaders of other partners of the alliance also addressed the meeting.