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Don't go by surveys, Karunanidhi tells cadre

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Police protection for Ministers withdrawn, says Chief Minister

Seeking votes: DMK president M. Karunanidhi (second left) addressing an election meeting in Salem on Friday. (From left) TNCC chief K.V. Thangkabalu, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam and PMK president G.K. Mani are in the picture. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Seeking votes: DMK president M. Karunanidhi (second left) addressing an election meeting in Salem on Friday. (From left) TNCC chief K.V. Thangkabalu, Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam and PMK president G.K. Mani are in the picture. — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

“A pro-bourgeois lobby is making sly attempts to annihilate DMK, since it is concerned about poor and downtrodden,” the DMK Chief and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has said.

Addressing an election meeting here on Friday in which he introduced the candidates of DMK alliance from Salem, Namakkal and Dharmapuri districts, Mr. Karunanidhi said that various methods such as ‘doctored poll surveys' orchestrated by a few forces were on to create an illusion among the voters that the DMK would be defeated in the polls. “Do not believe in those surveys and other prophesies. Just a single purohit cannot stop a marriage,” he said.

Reiterating the charge that an Emergency-like situation was prevailing in Tamil Nadu today, the DMK chief said that police protection for Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam and also for Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers M.K. Alagiri had been withdrawn. “Even a common man, if he needs protection, will be given to him. But here the security was withdrawn even for Ministers and Alagiri had already said that his life was under threat.

“When I am not been given adequate protection during my campaigning these days, heavy police protection is being given to the leaders who are in the opposition camp. Who gave the orders to the police to withdraw the protection for the Ministers?,” he asked. The DMK, he said, could not be cowed down by such oppressive measures and in fact it had survived worst times such as Emergency. “We have grown from them and we will,” he said.

He asked the police not to be biased and pointed out that it was he, who as the Chief Minister had constituted three Police Commissions and carried out the recommendations. Mr. Karunanidhi said that political decency had gone down in Tamil Nadu. “While we are seeking votes based on our welfare schemes, the opposition leaders are indulging in personal attacks and mudslinging. They resort to character assassination,” he said.

Sankagiri DMK candidate Veerapandi S. Arumugam presided over the meeting. VCK leader Thol Tirumavalavan, PMK president G.K. Mani and TNCC president K.V. Thangkabalu also spoke.

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