Staff Reporter

"The electorate want a change of rule in State"

People will not accept any government that refuses to tread on lines of populist schemes: MaranAccuses AIADMK Government of not cooperating with Centre on implementation of schemes

Coimbatore: "As long as poverty is there, free and subsidy-based populist schemes will have to be there for alleviating it," Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran said here on Thursday.

Mr. Maran, who was here to campaign for Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) nominees, told reporters that he could feel a "visible wave" in favour of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies. "The electorate want a change of rule in the State and are reposing confidence in the DMK."

Referring to the DMK's offer of rice at Rs. 2 a kg and the counter-offer of free rice made by the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, he said the AIADMK's announcement was "born out of fear of defeat." Mr. Maran wanted Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to explain as to why she chose to announce on the election eve.

To a question on financial implications arising out of such populist schemes, Mr. Maran said: "Poverty alleviation required such populist schemes." People would not accept any government that refused to tread on the lines of populist schemes.

Admitting that the elections could be seen as a referendum on the performance of the 13 Union Ministers from Tamil Nadu belonging to the DPA, Mr. Maran accused the AIADMK of not co-operating with the Centre to bring in schemes to accelerate the growth. The need of the hour was a Government that could co-operate with the Centre to achieve the growth.

Underground cables

If voted to power, the DMK government would lay underground cable for power lines and implement underground drainage scheme for all six corporations, he said.