Dismisses Jayalalithaa's fear of violence during polls
VILLUPURAM: All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko are in the grip of fear of defeat in the May 8 Assembly elections. They are looking for an alibi to justify the impending defeat, said founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi S. Ramadoss. He was addressing a press conference at Thailapuram near here on Saturday.
Dismissing the theory that violence would mar or halt the elections as feared by Ms. Jayalalithaa, Dr. Ramadoss said elections in the State would go on peacefully. The State never had a history of poll violence, except sporadic incidences during by-elections.
By the end of April or from the first week of May the AIADMK cadres would desert election works: not because of violence but because of the lack of public response, he said.
The PMK leader said already the "wave" had started sweeping in favour of the DPA that was sure to get a landslide victory. The people's turnout and the way in which the Jayalalithaa camp was highlighting the manifestos of the DPA constituents, to the exclusion of their own were indicators in this direction.
Ms. Jayalalithaa had now turned her focus on the Election Commission. In the previous elections she voiced doubts over the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines, but now she is blaming the EC of discrimination.
She questioned the propriety of the EC in allowing the passage of the two Bills in the Kerala Assembly one on maintaining status quo in regard to the water level in the Mullaiperiyar dam; and another on release of the PDP leader Abdul Nasser Maudhany (named in the Coimbatore serial bomb blast case and detained in the prison) on humanitarian grounds.
Dr. Ramadoss said he would not go into the merit of the issue. He wished Ms. Jayalalithaa emulated her Kerala counterpart Oomen Chandy in arriving at a consensus on issues of State importance in consultation with leaders of all parties.