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Let us face the natural obstacles and smash the man-made impediments: Jayalalalithaa Let the New Year usher in peace, says Barnala

CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi and other leaders have greeted the people on the eve of New Year.

Mr. Barnala said: "Let the dawn of the New Year usher in peace, prosperity and all-round development in the State and the country. We should all resolve to build a strong and vibrant economy, combat disruptive elements and re-dedicate ourselves to upholding the unity .. of our nation." Ms. Jayalalithaa said: "It is our duty to ensure that the State affected by floods is overwhelmed with joy. The dark clouds that loomed large in our lives have disappeared. It is certain that we will achieve success in rehabilitation measures as we have succeeded in fulfilling the relief measures."

"Let us face the natural obstacles and smash the man-made impediments," she said. Commitment, effort, initiative and firmness would certainly yield the desired victory.

Mr. Karunanidhi recalled the havoc caused by the rain and floods at the fag end of 2005 and appealed to the people to rededicate themselves to the cause of rehabilitating farmers and the poor. "Let us all work united to extend assistance to the affected people and win their blessings."

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president G.K.Vasan said: "Let all the travails and anguish of the people end with 2005. Let the New Year usher in good governance adhering to democracy in letter and spirit."

Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss said the Tamil dictum that giving up the obsolete and adopting new things always gave abundant hope to the people. "Let us all pledge to strive for the creation of a world free from violence, a nation free from conflicts and an affectionate society in the New Year."

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko hoped that the New Year would bring happiness and peace to farmers, weavers, workers and the downtrodden. "Let people give their mandate in the Assembly elections to ensure good governance by an honest and corruption free Government to pave the way for the State's progress."

Communist Party of India State secretary D. Pandian called upon the people to work united to ensure that the State was freed from caste and communal clashes and terrorism.

Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said: "Let us try to heal the scars left by the past and make memories as our inspiration to work towards global peace and universal brotherhood."

Dravidar Kazhagam president K.Veeramani, Bharatiya Janata Party whip in the Rajya Sabha S. Thirunavukkarasar, Tamil Maanila Muslim League chief S. Sheik Dawood, and Makkal Tamil Desam leader Kannappan greeted the people.