Rejecting the argument that the 2011 Assembly election was a “do-or-die” battle for her and her party, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Sunday said, “It could be a do-or-die battle for the people of Tamil Nadu.” “If Tamil Nadu has to survive, the DMK has to be defeated,” she told reporters after campaigning for candidates of the party and alliance partners in the city and suburbs.
Asked about allegations that she was corrupt, Ms. Jayalalithaa said, “I am not corrupt.” “It is a big subject and I am tired,” she said, adding that the DMK government had foisted cases on her and she had been acquitted in 12 cases by various courts and proved innocent.
“There is only one case I am fighting. All these cases were foisted out of political vendetta. On the other hand, can there be one case comparable to the 2G spectrum scam and the Commonwealth Games scam?” she asked.
Ms. Jayalalithaa also rejected Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's argument that Tamil Nadu's economy was in a sound state.
“I am afraid he needs to do his homework properly when it concerns Tamil Nadu,” she said, alleging that there was all-pervasive corruption and that the economy, industry and agriculture were in a shambles. Asked whether she would initiate corruption cases against the DMK people if elected to power, she said, “Let us win the election first. The next step is to form the government. We will then collect and study the details to take action against those who are found guilty.”
Ms. Jayalalithaa said M. Karunanidhi could be interested in becoming Chief Minister for the sixth time, but the people of Tamil Nadu were certainly not for it.
Earlier, while campaigning, she accused Mr. Karunanidhi of distributing money to voters because he had realised that his party would be defeated.
“In many parts of Tamil Nadu, it is raining money. Mr. Karunanidhi is trying to create an impression that he could win the election by bribing the people,” she said and called upon her partymen and alliance partners not to be worried by cash distribution. Besides promising to organise tripartite talks to bring down the fee structure in the schools in Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa also promised a world-class IT corridor.