Special Correspondent

It is not so with Jayalalithaa, he says

Kumbakonam: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president, M. Karunanidhi, has said that Chief Ministers should act as role models for people to follow. But in the case of Jayalalithaa, it was not so.

Addressing an election meeting in Kumbakonam on Saturday, Mr. Karunanidhi said collection of tax was the Government's duty and it should ensure that people paid the tax properly. But, he charged that Ms. Jayalalithaa had not filed her income tax returns for the year 1993-94. Income Tax department issued summons for which she did not reply. Finally the department approached the High Court, which dismissed the case. The department then moved the Supreme Court, which said in its order that "Jayalalithaa was making a mockery of the judicial process".

Mr. Karunanidhi also alleged that the AIADMK government tried to sell Rs. 200 crore worth land belonging to SIPCOT at Siruseri village near Chennai to a private party in Singapore for of Rs. 15 crore. When the DMK treasurer Arcot N.Veerasamy filed a case against this, the Government withdrew from the agreement, he said.

Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology, said the DMK- led alliance created history by winning 40 out of 40 seats in 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

The Central Ministers from Tamil Nadu had brought various schemes to the State like Sethusamudram, countrywide one rupee phone call facility and many road projects.