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`AIADMK failed to keep its 2001 promise'

Jayalalithaa Government introduced a ban on recruitment to Government serviceNo protection for employees; 13,000 road workers dismissed She withdrew schemes; `took revenge' on teachers, workersOnly panacea is to change the present regime

VELLORE: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi has appealed to people to strengthen the hands of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance to unseat the Jayalalithaa Government and usher in a people-friendly one.

Jobs assured

Campaigning for the DMK candidate for the Ranipet constituency, R. Gandhi, on Thursday night in Walajapet, Mr. Karunanidhi alleged that the AIADMK Government did not keep the promises it made during the 2001 elections.

Contrary to her promise of providing jobs to five lakh persons, the Jayalalithaa Government introduced a ban on recruitment to government service.

Recruitment

The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, which was supposed to recruit thousands of clerical staff, did not meet even once in the last five years and therefore did not recruit anyone. What was worse was that the committee did not have any member , he charged.

The DMK president said that employees in service did not have any protection during the AIADMK rule, as reflected in the dismissal of the 13,000 road workers, merely because he appointed them during the DMK regime. As soon as she came to power, Ms. Jayalalithaa withdrew the schemes of the DMK regime and "took revenge" on government officials, teachers, transport workers, Opposition party leaders and workers. "The only panacea for all this is to change the present regime which has to go", he said.

Candidates introduced

Mr. Karunanidhi came to the Fort maidan here at 9.55 p.m. He introduced the DPA candidates and said: "I am meeting you now in the Vellore `kottai' (Vellore Fort). Let us meet later in `Kottai' (Fort St. George).

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