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Poll will be a battle between good and evil: Jayalalithaa

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Offers prayers at temple at Swamithoppu in Kanyakumari

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa distributing welfare assistance to a beneficiary at a function held at Swamithoppu in Kanyakumari District on Sunday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa distributing welfare assistance to a beneficiary at a function held at Swamithoppu in Kanyakumari District on Sunday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

The forthcoming election to the Assembly will be a battle between good and evil, not merely between the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, said former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday.

Addressing a huge gathering after offering prayers at Ayya Vaikuntaswamy Thalamai Pathi (temple) at Swamithoppu near here, Ms. Jayalalithaa said that the election would also signify the contest between those known for good governance and those who stood for bad governance. When evil was defeated, all the demands of people would be fulfilled. Hence, she appealed to the people to extend their support to the AIADMK to capture power. People from all walks of life were being put to untold hardship in the present regime.

Referring to the founder of Ayya sect Vaikuntaswamy who lived in the early 19 {+t} {+h} century, the AIADMK leader said the founder was a champion of the cause of the poor and revolutionised society by working for eradication of untouchability and against superstition.

He strived hard to form a casteless society, organised common feasts and wanted to restore self-respect and equality. Ms. Jayalalithaa called upon people to popularise the teachings of the founder

In the temple, there was no idol worship. Instead, a mirror was kept in the sanctum sanctorum to reflect the mind of the human being.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said that during the AIADMK rule, the Kottai Ameer Award was conferred on the head of the ‘Pathi,' Bala Prajathipathi Adigalar, an ardent follower of the Swamy, for ensuring communal harmony.

The head of the ‘Pathi' said the community would vote for the AIADMK. When a government led by Ms. Jayalalithaa returned to power, the community's demands for betterment would be fulfilled.

Earlier, Ms. Jayalalithaa inaugurated a ‘Goshala' scheme by offering a cow and a calf to the temple.

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