TAMIL NADU

Poll boycott won't help to expose AIADMK: DMK

TIRUCHI, FEB. 15. The DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, today expressed the hope that CPI and Congress leaders, who called upon their party workers to abstain from voting in the Andipatti byelection, would reconsider their decision as they were aware of and criticised the ``injustice being meted out to the people by the AIADMK Government''.

Staying away would not serve their objective of ``exposing the AIADMK,'' he argued, in an informal chat with the media this morning.

It was tragic that the Election Commission and the State Chief Electoral Officer were blind to complaints of violation of election rules and the code of conduct by the AIADMK Government in Andipatti.

In fact, the party general secretary, Jayalalithaa, during her campaign, was provided almost the same bandobust given to a Chief Minister, with a police constable standing every ten feet on her route. Her assurances on government schemes were in total violation of the election code and guidelines, and ``morally wrong. Almost daily the DMK and its candidate, Vaigai Sekhar, were complaining to the authorities, and already the matter had already been brought to the notice of the Delhi High court too.

Rejecting the allegation by the Chief Minister, O. Paneerselvam, that DMK men were instigating disturbances in the constituency, Mr. Karunanidhi said it was the AIADMK which indulged in such activities. Citing an instance, he said though a room in a Batlagundu hotel was reserved for the Chennai Mayor, M. K. Stalin, the AIADMK leaders staying there objected to his being given accomodation. To avoid any confrontation at dead of night, Mr. Stalin proceeded to Madurai for taking rest.

On the Cauvery issue, Mr. Karunanidhi said the DMK would always champion the cause of delta farmers, if the NDA Government took any action against the interests of Tamil Nadu. The party would never let down farmers, as had done the Jayalalithaa's Government some years ago.

The ``inefficiency'' of the AIADMK government was the main reason for local bodies suffering without funds and for their ineffective functioning. How could Chennai get good governance if as many as five Corporation Commissioners were posted within a short time, Mr. Karunanidhi asked.

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