Tamil Nadu

‘The lady in Tamil Nadu is better than Modi in Gujarat’

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa canvasses for the party's South Chennai candidate J. Jayavarathan in Kandanchavadi, near Chennai on Monday. Photo: M. Karunakaran   | Photo Credit: M_Karunakaran

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Monday wound up her 51-day campaign across 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during which she exhorted the people to vote for her party in the April 24, 2014 polls and make it part of the next government at the Centre.

Ending her campaign in the city on the eve of deadline for electioneering, she signed off by claiming, “The lady in Tamil Nadu is better than Modi in Gujarat in governance.”

Reeling out data on various parameters to buttress her stand that Tamil Nadu was ahead of Gujarat, she asked the electorate who was the better administrator, “ Gujarat’s Modiyaa or Tamil Nadu’s intha ladyaa (Gujarat’s Modi or this lady)?” to a thunderous applause and asserted it was she who gave the best governance.

The AIADMK supremo also attacked the DMK and the Congress on various issues, especially corruption.

Ms. Jayalalithaa has visited all the 39 constituencies in the State and the lone seat in neighbouring Puducherry since March 3 appealing the voters to prefer only AIADMK nominees.

At today’s rally in Chennai, she rejected the DMK’s accusation that her government had not delivered on the promises made in the 2011 manifesto, saying a majority of the assurances had been implemented and even the remaining would be fulfilled in the next two years.

“When the DMK had not fulfilled its promises made in 2009 polls, the party is trying to cheat you by making promises again,” she said.

She claimed the DMK was “playing second fiddle” to the Congress even now out of “fear” of further the CBI action against party leaders.

Alleging that the DMK leader M.K. Stalin’s family was using a Hummer that was “illegally imported,” she said the CBI conducted a raid against him after the party withdrew its support to the Congress-led UPA.

However, the issue was put on the backburner as the Congress felt that the DMK will help it some time, she said.

“Now, it is being said that the car has been conditionally returned. Karunanidhi and Stalin must answer on this,” she added.

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