The AIADMK leader is hopeful of victory if polls are held peacefully
SALEM: All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Jayalalithaa on Monday said she would keep the names of "partisan, inhuman and pro-DMK" police officials in her mind and take action against them, once she came to power again.
Addressing an election meeting here, she said the low-level policemen were "straightforward, humanitarian and impartial. But a few senior police officers are blatantly partisan. I am keeping their names in my mind." Time and government would change and the AIADMK would come to power, she said. "Then I will initiate appropriate action against these erring officials."
Blaming the poll-related incidents in the Madurai Central Assembly constituency on DMK leader and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his Madurai-based son M. K. Azhagiri, she said the police were being "misused" to unleash violence on the DMK's political adversaries.
The law-and-order situation had deteriorated and illicit liquor was flowing. Goondaism had reared its head in the State.
"If the polls are allowed to be held peacefully, the AIADMK will emerge victorious in the State," she observed.
Ms. Jayalalithaa appealed to the electorate not to authorise one family to rule from "capital to village."
It was "undemocratic" on the part of the DMK to solicit votes in the local body polls to continue development works. "Does democracy favour one rule?" she asked.
The Chief Minister's approach to the outbreak of chikungunya was irresponsible, she said, adding that while the Chief Minister of Kerala, where chikungunya deaths were reported, approached the Centre for funds to tackle the situation, the DMK Government was denying any deaths.
"In fact, the Kerala Chief Minister had expressed his displeasure over Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss' false claim that there was no death due to chikungunya in the country," she said.
Since Tamil Nadu was also insisting that there was no death, the Centre did not sanction funds.
"Like an ostrich, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is attempting to evade his responsibility," she said. Claiming that fresh crop loans had not been sanctioned to farmers, the AIADMK leader said a few small and poor farmers committed suicide when their lands were taken away for the free land distribution scheme. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Vaiko also addressed the meeting.