TAMIL NADU

Let us create a new chapter: Jayalalithaa



Special Correspondent

Leaders extend Pongal greetings



CHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi and leaders of various political parties have greeted the people on the eve of Pongal.

The Governor said the recent rain and floods caused a great damage to crops, hutments and infrastructure, reminding the people of the omnipotence of Mother Nature. "Let us hope and pray that the year 2006 will pave the way for a bountiful harvest, leading to prosperity and all-round development... " He wished the people a life full of happiness, peace and prosperity.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said that after successive droughts, the State experienced a deluge, which caused extensive damage. But the State came to the rescue of the affected people, undertaking relief works on a war footing. On this Pongal day, she said, "let us resolve to create a new chapter in Tamil Nadu by removing the scars of nature's fury."

Mr. Karunanidhi said that in the last four years, the people of the State had undergone sufferings in various forms. On this year's Pongal, he saw a ray of hope. At least from the next Pongal, the people would celebrate the festival happily, free from any atrocities.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president G.K. Vasan, Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko, CPI State secretary D. Pandiyan, BJP MP S. Thirunavukkarasar and Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani were among those who extended greetings.



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