TAMIL NADU

Leaders greet people on Independence Day

CHENNAI, AUG. 14. The Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, and leaders of various political parties have extended their greetings on the occasion of Independence Day.

Mr. Rao in his message said, ``on the happy occasion of the 57th anniversary of our Independence, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of Tamil Nadu. This is the appropriate occasion for all of us to renew our resolve and commitment to making the country strong and prosperous.''

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president, G.K. Vasan, asked the people, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, to rededicate themselves for taking the country towards progress. On this happy occasion let the people take a vow to bring back ``Kamarajar rule'' in the State.

The Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary, L. Ganesan, said freedom would be complete only if the past glory of country was restored. Making the country economically stronger would not be actual development if the age-old culture of the country was not protected, he said.

The Communist Party of India State secretary, R. Nallakannu, said the Left Parties and the United Progressive Alliance parties would work together to implement the common minimum programme. He regretted that the Cauvery issue had not yet been resolved, 25 years after the dispute started.

Even 57 years after independence the problems of common man are increasing day by day with the unemployment problem and price increase assuming gigantic proportion, said the Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary, N. Varadarajan. People in rural areas were not getting protected water supply and quality education. These issues should be given priority by the Government.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi leader, S. Ramadoss, said while remembering the sacrifices made by those who were responsible for getting freedom, ``We would work hard for a better future to the people of the country."

The Janata Dal (Secular) State secretary, C. Balaraman, said in the coming year, farmers, weavers and workers would get economic freedom.

The Prince of Arcot, Mohammed Abdul Ali, appealed to citizens to stand together in fighting the communal forces in the country. The Chief hereditary trustee and muthavalli of the Anna Salai Dargah, Syed Moinuddin appealed to people to take a pledge to wipe out communalism and terrorism in the country.

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