Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Call to erase notoriety of Tirumangalam


GARNERING VOTES: DMDK leader Vijayakant campaigning for AIADMK candidate at Tirumangalam in Madurai district on Monday. Photo: JamesThe people of Tirumangalam should vote against the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to erase the notoriety the constituency has earned across the country due to the ruling party's much-touted “Tirumangalam formula” of buying votes with cash, Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam founder Vijayakant said on Monday.
Seeking votes for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate for the constituency, M. Muthuramalingam, here on Monday, he said Tirumangalam Assembly constituency became infamous in the country for distribution of money during the by-election in 2009. The ruling party, which was accused of giving money and distributing gifts to voters, won the election.
Taking a dig at Union Minister M.K. Alagiri for obtaining anticipatory bail, he asked: “Why should the ‘man of brave heart' get anticipatory bail?” His diktats would come to an end on May 13, he said amidst roaring cheers from the cadres of AIADMK alliance parties. Mr. Vijayakant alleged that fertile lands of farmers at Sivarakottai were being forcefully acquired in the guise of setting up a SIPCOT industrial unit. “But, it was only to benefit [one engineering] college he (Mr. Alagiri) was constructing there. The AIADMK will return the land to the farmers on coming to power,” he said.
While Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi condemned the actions of the Election Commission, likening it to “undeclared Emergency,” his son, Mr. Alagiri was blaming Madurai Collector U. Sagayam. “It is only because the Collector did not ‘help' him.”
Mr. Vijayakant criticised Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who had faulted some of the actions of the Election Commission. He wondered why the Union Home Minister blamed the officials of the EC.
He was surprised why Dayanidhi Maran, who had earned the name as the most efficient Union Minister while looking after the Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology, could not do so being the Union Textile Minister. “He could not control the increasing price of yarn,” he said. Justifying his strong criticism of the ruling party, he said the DMK had failed to keep its promise of giving two acres free to the landless. “It could have been possible, had the Chief Minister distributed the excess land the ruling partymen had forcibly taken from the common man,” he remarked.
Later, he canvassed votes for DMDK candidate in Tirupparankundram constituency in Madurai district.

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