The April 13 electoral battle should be waged fiercely not only for a change of guard in the State but also to liberate Tamils and Tamil Nadu from the clutches of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his family, “which is plundering the State and its abundant wealth for its well being even as seven crore Tamil families are in the lurch,” AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa said on Saturday.
Campaigning at Tirunelveli town, Ms. Jayalalithaa said voters, hit hard by the unbearable and unprecedented inflation and spiralling prices of essential commodities and construction materials, could now construct their homes only in their dream. The unheard of power cut had crippled industrial units and hit productivity, leading to heavy revenue loss.
To make the situation worse, the law and order situation had deteriorated since the entire State was under the control of a gang. However, the police, supposed to be the law-enforcers, were dancing to the tune of Mr. Karunanidhi and his family.
After listing the promises made in the AIADMK manifesto, Ms. Jayalalithaa said that a new reservation policy would be evolved to the satisfaction of Christians and Muslims if the AIADMK came to power.
New roads along the watercourse of the Tamirabharani to connect Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, favourable changes in ‘deployment norms' haunting schools being run by minorities, special attention for their economic development, ring roads around Tirunelveli to ease traffic congestion and rail over bridge at Thatchanallur were some of the promises made by her.
Condemning the attack on the tahsildar at Keezhavalavu near Madurai on Friday, she urged the Election Commission to initiate stringent measures against the culprits.
DMK blamed for corruption
Addressing an election meeting in Kanyakumari, Ms. Jayalalithaa blamed the DMK government for large-scale corruption, failure in ensuring uninterrupted power supply and price rise.
DMK president M. Karunanidhi, she charged, was not worried about the people of the State but was keen on promoting “one-family rule.”
The price of petrol was revised nine times in a year and this affected people, but Mr. Karunanidhi did not raise his voice against the “anti-people act” of the Centre as the DMK is a partner in the United Progressive Alliance government.” Regarding Kanyakumari district, she said that steps would be taken to upgrade Nagercoil Municipality into corporation. Adequate funds would be allocated for the construction of Marshal Nesamony manimandapam and a statue of Chidambaranathar, who was also instrumental in the merger of Kanyakumari district with Tamil Nadu, at Kaliyakkavilai.