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APPEAL: DMDK leader Vijayakanth campaigning for the party candidate G. Thanapandian near Madurai on Wednesday.
APPEAL: DMDK leader Vijayakanth campaigning for the party candidate G. Thanapandian near Madurai on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Addresses an election meeting in Thirumangalam completing his week-long campaign

MADURAI: Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam founder Vijaykanth came down heavily on the two Dravidian parties for belittling the voters of Thirumangalam Assembly constituency on Wednesday.

Asking the voters to teach a lesson for both the parties for “luring voters by bribing them,” he said, “Do they think that you are all heads of cattle (that silently give milk in return) and being fed with hay?”

Mr. Vijaykanth was addressing an election meeting in Thirumangalam completing his week-long campaign for the party candidate, T. Dhanapandiyan. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) that ruled the State on alternate terms had left the people without adequate healthcare, power, increasing prices and basic amenities.

“Had both the parties discharged their duties, the DMDK would not have been floated at all,” he said. Stating that the parties that had been luring the people during election with food, eatables and small amount of money were now forced to distribute huge money, only out of fear of the growing popularity of the DMDK, he said.

“One party is fighting on its strength of alliances and another with currency notes. But, it is only our party that is in the fray with faith in you,” he told the voters. Justifying his appeal to the voters to accept the bribes offered by other parties, he said, “When a party that is ruling and another party that had ruled the State are stealthily giving you money, it is not wrong on my part to ask you to accept it.” Not sparing the AIADMK that was criticising the violence during the present regime, Mr. Vijaykanth recalled the incident of AIADMK men laying siege to former Chief Election Commissioner, T.N. Seshan, in Chennai. He wondered how the Congress was with the DMK that had remained silent on the attack on Sathyamurthy Bhavan.

The actor-turned-politician promised that he would ensure that the entire constituency development fund would be usefully spent for the development of the area. Premalatha Vijaykanth, party leaders, Ku.Pa. Krishnan, and S. Austin, were among those who addressed.

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