Special Correspondent

Union Ministers from the State doing their best, he says

CUDDALORE: Union Minister for Communications Dayanidhi Maran has appealed to the people of Tamil Nadu to repeat the verdict of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections in the 2006 Assembly polls too.

Mr. Maran was speaking at an official function organised here on Saturday to inaugurate the Cuddalore Postal Divisional Office and DoT Software for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Mr. Maran said that in 2004, the Tamil Nadu electorate took the right decision in returning all 39 Democratic Progressive Alliance candidates to the Lok Sabha. He hoped that in the coming Assembly elections they would do the same.

All the 12 Central Ministers from Tamil Nadu were trying their best to improve the State's economy and create employment opportunities.

This had even made the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka got worked up, because they felt that every thing was happening in or going to Tamil Nadu.

Leaders 'jealous'

Mr. Maran said that the ruling AIADMK, which had failed to deliver the goods in the past four-and-a-half years, could not stomach the idea of Central Ministers from the State making a mark in their respective fields. AIADMK leaders were jealous because no ruling party was so badly routed in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu as their party was in 2004.

He underscored the point that generally he chose not to talk politics in official functions, but the constant refrain that " Central Ministers have done nothing worthwhile" had prompted him to make these remarks.

Mr. Maran also charged the AIADMK Government with inaction and failure to desilt water sources since 2001, which had resulted in floods and consequent damages.