Charging the Finance Minister with pushing the Indian economy to the brink of collapse, Ms. Jayalalithaa further said at Karaikudi that Mr. Chidambaram, as a sitting MP, neither made any attempt to develop the constituency nor the country.

It was during his tenure as Finance Minister that “inflation touched a new high, growth rate nosedived and the Rupee value against the U.S. Dollar fell drastically,” the AIADMK leader pointed out.

Linking of rivers

Earlier, addressing an election meeting at Thiruthangal near Sivakasi, Ms. Jayalalithaa questioned the credibility of the DMK manifesto and asked why the party was silent on interlinking rivers for 17 years when it was part of various governments at the Centre. The DMK was once again making false promises to the electorate in its manifesto, she charged.

“If the AIADMK gets a strong say in the next government at the Centre, it will protect the nation’s interests. Your vote decides the future of India and give me a thumping mandate in the Lok Sabha election,” the Chief Minister appealed.