Jayalalithaa flays media campaign

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, flanked by C. Ponnaiyan (left) and E. Madhusudanan, at the general council meeting in Chennai on Wednesday.Photo: K. Pichumani  

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Wednesday came down on the media campaign that she and her party were losing their influence over the people.

Addressing the general council meeting of the party, she wondered “why are the newspapers writing about the AIADMK and me if our chapter is over.”

“Stones will be thrown only on a tree laden with fruit. AIADMK is the biggest party. The newspapers are writing about me because they can sell more copies,” she said.

She called upon the partymen to prepare for the Assembly elections as the people were waiting to remove the minority DMK government from power. “I am the mother of the AIADMK, the biggest party, and I will ensure a bright future for you,” she told them.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said the law and order situation in the State had deteriorated because the police were trying to gather news about her instead of maintaining law and order.

A resolution adopted in the general council meeting vowed to put an end to the “family rule” of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and bring back her rule to pave the way for the emergence of democracy. A total of 19 resolutions were adopted.

One resolution urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to drop Information Technology Minister A. Raja from the Union Cabinet “to enable the CBI to conduct a free and fair inquiry into the corruption charges in the spectrum deal.”

Mr. Raja was occupying his seat even after the CBI conducted raids in the offices under his control, the resolution read.

Yet another resolution accused Mr. Karunanidhi of seeking self-publicity by organising the Tamil Classical Language Conference and wasting public funds.

The conference had been organised only to cover up his betrayal of the Sri Lankan Tamils, the resolution said and recalled Ms. Jayalalithaa’s earlier argument that a conference would be inappropriate when the Tamils in Sri Lanka and other parts of the world were facing difficulties.

The general council also reiterated the party’s stand that the Election Commission should give up using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and revert to ballot paper system, arguing that EVMs could be tampered with.

A resolution urging the government to fix Rs. 2000 per tonne for sugarcane and Rs 1500 for one quintal paddy was also passed. The party also condemned the government’s approach to all inter-state river disputes.

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