KMP to save people from ‘politics of exploitation’
It will fight issues without caste considerations
Coimbatore: A first-timer in the battle of the ballots, president of the Kongunadu Munnetra Peravai (KMP) and the nominee for the Pollachi Lok Sabha seat, ‘Best’ S. Ramasamy says the Kongu community decided to take the plunge into politics because of continued betrayal.
Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Ramasamy accused the Dravidian parties and the Congress of deceiving the people of the Kongu region by exploiting their votes, wealth and support.
Giving seats to those hailing from the Kongu Velala Gounder community and providing ministerial berths had never translated into anything good for the region.
The region had faced only neglect as far as infrastructure and sops for agriculture were concerned. KMP was formed with a view to ensuring due rights and respect for the electorate in the region and to save it from politics of exploitation.
Mr. Ramasamy dismissed the speculation that the KMP was a party for the cause of Kongu Velala Gounders.
“Our Nilgiris Lok Sabha candidate is a Dalit and the party looks at an inclusive effort to ensure good for the region. We will not be treading on narrow lines of progress for the community alone – our effort will be to ensure a progressive Western Tamil Nadu – a Kongu region. KMP is just not focusing primarily on issues such as Backward Class status or Most Backward Class status or the alleged misuse of Prevention of Atrocities on SC/ST Act,” he said.
These issues would be taken care of by the leaders at the grass root level. KMP’s objective would be to fight issues that required attention at the larger level overcoming casteist considerations.
Understanding the need for participation for ensuring inclusive growth without a lopsided approach in a post-poll scenario, the KMP plans to enrol members from all communities to tell political parties that the electorate in western Tamil Nadu is a force to reckon with.
The region is full of resources - money, natural resources and enterprise - but unfortunately nothing translated into a phenomenal growth thanks to political apathy.
The time had come to end continued neglect and exploitation. The lack of infrastructure in rail, aviation, agriculture is an indication of the failure of the successive elected representatives, alleges Mr. Ramasamy.
In a political scenario where the prospects of a single party rule is fading, KMP, which is contesting in 12 seats and sure of winning six seats, is confident that whoever occupied the seats of power would have to count on KMP, hence, its efforts would never be in vain.
Some of the assurances of Mr. Ramasamy included Coconut Board office, Coir Board office at Pollachi, Coconut Research Centre and speedy implementation of Anaimalaiaru, Nallaru and Idamalayaru schemes to enhance the benefits under the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project.
Mr. Ramasamy also promised rail overbridges at Eachanari, Mullupadi and Vadugapalayam, speedy implementation of broad gauge conversion works on the Coimbatore – Palani – Dindigul sections to connect Western Tamil Nadu with Southern Tamil Nadu and to relieve Pollachi region from Palakkad Railway division.
He is confident of attaching the region back with either Madurai or with the Salem division, if returned to Parliament.
If the parties failed to rcognise the strength of the electorate and continued to neglect the region, then KMP would put forth the demand for a separate statehood, says Ramasamy.