Monday, April 4, 2011

Karunanidhi more concerned about family welfare: Vijayakant

Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader, Vijayakant said that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi was acting against the principles and the ideals of his preceptors (as often told by him) Thanthai Periyar and Aringar Anna. With the corrupt DMK regime their principles and ideals were given a go by.
As part of his whirlwind campaign for the candidates of AIADMK, CPI (M) and DMDK at Kulasekaram, Verkilampi, Thuckalay and Nagercoil in the district here on Sunday he said that Aringar Anna was against the Congress in 1967 but contrary to his principles his prime disciple, Mr. Karunanidhi was now supporting the same party for reasons best known to him.
With the filing of charge-sheet by CBI against nine individuals including the former Union Minister of Telecom, A. Raja of DMK, it was proved beyond doubt that DMK president was only concerned about the family members and those who supported them instead of ensuring the welfare of the people from all walks of life particularly farmers, weavers and fishermen.
He further pointed out that the sum of Rs.212 crore had been spent to start six television channels in the last five years. From where did they get the amount? The people have the right to know about the fact.
In the affidavit filed to the Election Commission, the DMK president mentioned that he has moveable and immoveable properties worth Rs.5 crore and his wife has asset worth Rs.40 crore. From where did they get this huge amount, questioned the DMDK leader. They demanded the removal of Madurai Collector, U. Sahayam, only because of his not extending ‘sneham' (favour and affection) to the ruling party, he added.However, the Election Commission was acting in an unbiased manner, which irked the ruling party especially in Madurai district. When the EC tried to prevent distribution of money and other freebies to the electorates, the DMK president pointed out that the Election Commission was imposing an undeclared emergency. What would he say about the unannounced power cuts in the State which was affecting the poor, down-trodden and other middle class people, he posed in the election meeting held at Thuckalay.
The criticism of the EC by the president of DMK was evidence of the fear of losing the polls, he said.

Clash of titans at Kolathur: Stalin vs Saidai Duraiswamy

M.K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister and Candidate for Kolathur Constituency, campaigning at Kolathur on Saturday. Photo: Special Arrangement
It will be a clash of titans at Kolathur, a newly-carved constituency in the city, where senior DMK leader and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin will square off with AIADMK’s Saidai Duraiswamy.
It will be interesting to see who will represent the constituency as its first MLA in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
Mr. Stalin chose the seat, a segment of North Chennai Lok Sabha constituency, as it had given DMK’s T.K.S. Elangovan a lead of over 25,000 votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Being a compact constituency Mr. Stalin can campaign easily and concentrate on other seats in the State.
Since 1984 Mr. Stalin has been contesting from Thousand Lights constituency which has the maximum number of Muslim votes while Saidai Duraisamy had represented Saidapet once.
With just 10 days for the polls, campaigning is mostly door-to-door.
While M.K. Stalin has assured voters that infrastructure in the locality would be developed, Mr. Duraiswamy has been seeking votes on the basis of his party’s ‘achievements’
Mr. Stalin accompanied by a host of DMK workers addressed several meetings while Mr. Duraiswamy’s campaign was led by DMDK founder chief Vijaykanth, whose party is an AIADMK ally.
“Though fondly known as ‘Saidai’ Duraiswamy (for contesting from Saidapet, he should be called ‘Kolathur’ Duraiswamy from now on,” Mr. Vijaykanth had said while seeking votes.
Besides ‘Saidai’ Duraiswamy is also known for his Manithaneyam IAS and IPS Centre run by Manithaneyam Charitable Trust which offers free IAS and IPS coaching.
Areas that come under Kolathur Assembly constituency include Vajjravel Nagar, Vinayagapuram, Perambur, Puzhal, Jawahar Nagar, Sakthivel Nagar, Villivakkam and Periyar Nagar.
The locality is also famous for sale of ornamental fish. The constituency has 1.98 lakh voters, with an equal number of male and female voters.
According to the Election Commission’s website, Kolathur, along with nearby localities -- Poniammanmedu, Malligai Avenue, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Tirupati Nagar, Sri Vel Murugan Nagar, Valarmathi Nagar, United Colony Main Road, Agadheswarar Nagar, Ganaga Nagar, Selliamman Nagar -- come under Division 62.
Peravallur (Ward No 50), GKM Colony, Jawahar Nagar, Vetri Nagar, Paper Mills road, Periyar Nagar, Sembium (Ward No 51), Gopalapuram, Anbazhagan Nagar, Janakiram Nagar, Perambur (Ward No 52), Somasundaram Vinayagar Koil Street, Ayanavaram Ward No 53, Chitharanjan Colony (Ward No 54) also come under Kolathur.

Alagiri gets advance bail

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court here granted anticipatory bail to the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, M. K. Alagiri, during its special sitting on Sunday, in a case relating to the alleged assault on a tahsildar.
The Keezhavalavu police here on Friday registered a case against a group of 50 persons for allegedly assaulting the tahsildar, who was also the Assistant Returning Officer for the Melur Assembly constituency.
Justice K. Venkataraman ordered that the Minister be released in the event of his arrest on execution of a bond for Rs.10,000 along with two sureties either to the satisfaction of the arresting officer or the Judicial Magistrate concerned.
The judge also directed the Minister to appear before the police for enquiry as and when required.
He rejected a request made by the petitioner's counsel to grant the advance bail without insisting on sureties. “Do you mean to say that the Minister can't even arrange for two sureties?” the judge asked the counsel. He also expressed his displeasure over moving the Minister's advance bail petition on Sunday after obtaining similar relief for three other accused in the case on Saturday.
Madurai Deputy Mayor P.M. Mannan and two other Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionaries V. Regupathi and M. Thirugnanam got anticipatory bail on Saturday.
The cases were heard on holidays following a specific request made by the petitioners' counsel, considering the urgency involved.
It was apprehended that the Minister might not be able to campaign for the Assembly elections, if he was arrested.

Root out family-centred government, says Jayalalithaa

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa addressing voters at Kalavasal Junction in Madurai on Sunday. Photo: G. Moorthy
The Assembly election has given a golden opportunity for the people of Tamil Nadu to root out the “family-centred” and “corrupt” government in the State, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa has said.
Campaigning in the southern districts of Madurai, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin on Sunday, she asked the voters to create history by making the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led combine lose deposits in all constituencies, thus creating a Guinness record .If the AIADMK was voted to power, Katchatheevu would be retrieved from Sri Lanka, she said addressing a meeting at Tuticorin early in the day.
Enhanced social security for fishermen and farmers, road-over bridges, cold storage facilities and mechanised equipment for fishermen and an assistance of Rs.2,000 each during the 45-day fishing ban, industrial developments in Srivaikuntam and Tiruchendur were some of the promises made by Ms. Jayalaithaa. She also announced that nursing educational institutes would be set up in Tiruchendur and Nazareth.
Later campaigning at Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district, she said all welfare schemes introduced by the DMK regime were launched with an ulterior motive of ensuring substantial and constant revenue to the family of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.
“A classic example is the distribution of free colour televisions, through which the family of Mr. Karunanidhi is getting annually a minimum of Rs.1,000 from each family through the cable connection, ensuring whopping and regular revenue,” she said.
The former Chief Minister said Mr. Karunanidhi, who managed to get ministerial berth in the Union government on a couple of occasions and ruled Tamil Nadu five times, had made his family the richest in Asia. His grandson Kalanithi Maran had been listed by leading magazine Forbes as 310th richest person in the world.
“If we can add together the holdings of Mr. Karunanidhi's, wives, sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, no doubt, his family will be the richest in the world. Now you can understand as to why the State of Tamil Nadu has been entangled in the debt trap of over Rs.1 lakh crore,” Ms. Jayalalithaa asked.
She promised to desilt Kannadian, Nadhiyunni, South Kodaimelazhagiyaan and North Kodaimelazhagiyaan irrigation channels and erect barbed wire fence along the hamlets close to Western Ghats to prevent wild animal invasion into cultivated lands.
In Madurai
Addressing an election meeting at Kalavasal junction in Madurai seeking votes for the candidates of AIADMK-led alliance, she likened the polls to a ‘second' independence struggle to safeguard the State.
Ms. Jayalalithaa said that under her rule Tamil Nadu was leading in economic growth and the law and order was maintained. But the State become backward under the DMK regime.
“Are the people of the State not working hard? Do they not have the habit of saving and do they not lead a thrift lifestyle. This is because the welfare schemes were formulated to further the interest of one family,” she said.
She said that the DMK-led government had failed on many fronts. Power cuts, spiralling price of essential commodities, deteriorating law and order situation, corruption and rice smuggling have hit people hard. .
It was high time that this government was thrown out, she added.
Security to Alagiri
Referring to the alleged assault on government employees in Melur, Ms. Jayalalithaa said, “Mr. Karunanidhi, was complaining about ‘total' withdrawal of police security to Union Minister, M.K. Alagiri. “Why does he need police protection? There is no threat to him from the people. But, only the people face a threat from him,” she said.
Ms. Jayalalithaa said those involved in the murder of former DMK Minister, Tha. Kiruttinan, and in the burning of the office of Tamil Daily Dinakaran in Madurai in which three people were killed, were not punished.
All those involved would be brought before the law and punished, if the AIADMK is voted to power, she added.
“The rule of law will be upheld when AIADMK comes back to power,” she said, adding that police would be allowed to function independently. “Rowdyism will be curbed with iron hand and Madurai would be converted into a spiritual and tourist spot,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said.
She promised to construct elevated roads in Madurai to ease traffic congestion, improve drinking water project and rectify the anomalies in underground drainage system.

2G scam: BJP questions Raja's chargesheet

New Delhi, Apr 4 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) favoured UPA ally DMK by leaving out core issues while filing chargesheet against its leader and former Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
He alleged that the CBI probe and the timing of filing the chargesheet was influenced by the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections to be held April 13.

 "The charge sheet has left out the core issues. The issue of loss to the exchequer on account of allotting spectrum at 2001 price in 2008 has not been significantly dealt with, said Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha at a press meet.

"I think CBI has bent backwards a little bit. They repeatedly said the Prime Minister was defied or misled. I don't think the charge sheet should give a political clean chit to anybody. It should deal with criminality," Jaitley said.

The CBI on Saturday filed the first charge-sheet in the 2G Spectrum allocation scam against Raja, few of his close aides and some real estate companies.

They have been charged with defrauding the exchequer and entering into a criminal conspiracy for securing telecom licenses, first reports said.

The second set of charge-sheet is likely to be filed later this month.

The 8000-page first set of charge-sheet was filed at the expiry of the granted time till Apr 2 by the Supreme Court to file its indictment over the case.

The extent of loss to the exchequer in absolute terms is not likely to be included in the charge-sheet as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is yet to complete the process of ascertaining the loss.

Besides Raja, the CBI charge-sheet reportedly names senior executives at real estate giant Unitech and the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG).

Two companies – Swan and Unitech – have been so far accused by the CBI of being the biggest beneficiaries of Raja's swindle.

 Those arrested in the case include Raja, his personal aide R K Chandolia, former Telecom Secretary Siddartha Behura and Shahid Usman Balwa.

All are in judicial custody now.

The SC, which is directly monitoring the 2G scam probe, had asked the CBI to speedily file indictment in the case.

In perhaps the biggest scam in Independent India, allegedly masterminded by ex-minister A Raja, telecoms spectrum was given away at throwaway prices in 2008 causing a potential revenue loss of up to Rs 1.76 crore.

CBI tailoring 2G probe to coincide with Tamil Nadu poll: Arun Jaitley

Chennai, Apr 4 : The BJP today alleged the CBI, which had filed its charge sheets 'in one of the biggest and worst scams in the allocation of 2G spectrum,' had 'tailored' its investigation timetable keeping in the mind the polling date in Tamil Nadu.
Addressing a news conference here before hitting the campaign trail for the April 13 Assembly Elections, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said the first indications of the charge sheet in the scam, involving tainted Telecom Minister A Raja, were extremely disturbing.

Citing three reasons for it, he said ''the first was the CBI has filed the charge sheet keeping in mind the polling dates in Tamil Nadu.'' He said one of the serious matters being probed by the CBI related to pecuniary benefits from allocation of 2G licenses to the publication company of the DMK Party (Kalaignar TV).

Though every detail of it has come in the media, that part of the charge sheet has been held up.

''Perhaps, they (the Congress-led UPA) are waiting for polling to get over so that its ally, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu, did not get disturbed further,'' he claimed.

'DMK has pushed TN behind Guj, Punjab in development

Theni: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Monday accused DMK of “plundering” the country’s wealth and said Tamil Nadu had been pushed behind Gujarat and Punjab in the development sector during the party’s rule in the state.

“DMK had already found a place in world records for plundering the nation’s wealth (spectrum)... while Gujarat and Punjab had gone ahead in development, Tamil Nadu was lagging behind,” she said addressing an election meeting at nearby Andipatti, from where she had won twice -- in 2002 and 2006.

The former chief minister said it was the duty of the people to save the country from “plunderers of state’s wealth, sand smugglers and mine looters“.

 She claimed even though she did not contest from Andipatti this time, it was her constituency permanently and she would implement all welfare and development schemes for it.

Ms. Jayalalithaa, contesting the April 13 polls from her ancestral town Srirangam, alleged the DMK did not implement various development schemes and had left many projects unfinished in Andipatti only because it was her constituency.

In her campaign meeting at Tuticorin last evening, Jayalalithaa said she would take action to retrieve Katchateevu, an islet ceded by India to Sri Lanka in 1970s.

She also assured that the welfare of fishermen would be protected if AIADMK front was voted to power and grants would be provided for purchase of boats.

Fish processing units would be set up in 13 places and fishermen would get Rs 2,000 during the annual 45-day ban on fishing.

Pointing that Sri Lankan Tamils were living as “slaves” in their homeland, Ms. Jayalalithaa said she would press the Centre for their rehabilitation.

Tamil Nadu polls: Jayalalithaa slams DMK over price rise

Campaigning ahead of April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls,ll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa has slammed the state's ruling Dravidam Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for corruption and price rise.

"DMK government led by Karunanidhi should be sent back home. It has been involved in corruption, heavy price rise and crime has increased in the state. So, this has made the livelihood of the people of Tamil Nadu very bad. So, I request you to please vote for me in the elections," said Jayalalithaa.

Addressing a campaign meeting at Vikramasingapuram near Ambasamudram constituency, Jayalalithaa said: "Power cut, uncontrolled price-rise, rice and sand smuggling, rise of rowdy elements, bogus lottery tickets and illicit liquor sale" are rampant in the DMK government.

If the "golden opportunity" presented by this election "to overthrow the DMK government is missed, we may never retrieve the state," she said.

Later addressing a meeting in Madurai, she said: "No other scam has shaken the country so strongly as the 2G spectrum scandal."

"This has happened even as Kalanidhi Maran and Dayanidhi Maran family is being declared among the richest in the world. And Tamil Nadu is reeling under a debt of Rs one lakh crore," she alleged.

She said that under her rule Tamil Nadu was leading in economic growth and the law and order was maintained. But the State has become backward under the DMK regime.

Jayalalithaa assured that unruly elements would be brought under control if the AIADMK-led front was elected.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin said his father and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has fulfilled all the assurance made by him in the last five years.

Stalin said that Karunanidhi has assured that pension amount for senior citizens would be increased and free laptops provide to students. So people should vote for the rising Sun symbol in the election.
Regional parties dominate the political scene in Tamil Nadu with DMK winning the majority of seats in the 2006 elections.

A total of 2,773 candidates will contest for seats in 234 Tamil Nadu Assembly constituencies.