Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Madurai, Apr 5: Opposition All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary J Jayalalithaa alleged that the ruling DMK had hatched a conspiracy to unleash violence in an election rally to be addressed by AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi at Chennai.
Addressing an election campaign at K Pudur here last night, Ms J Jayalalithaa appealed to the Election Commission of India to take serious note of the information which she had gathered from Intelligence inputs about the 'ruling party’s plot.' By doing so, the DMK was planning to gain political mileage by putting the blame on the AIADMK.
On the petrol bomb attack on the house of an AIADMK functionary at Jaihindapuram in Madurai City on Sunday night, she said the attack was carried out by the DMK men for complaining to the police about money distribution by DMK men.
''If the AIADMK is voted to power, I will put an end to the violent activities in Madurai,'' she added.
Ms Gandhi is to address an election rally at Chennai today in which DMK President M Karunanidhi and leaders of alliance parties would participate.
About Rs. 5.11 crore in cash found atop a private bus parked at Ponnagar in the City, in the Tiruchi West constituency, was seized by election officials in the early hours of Tuesday.
This is considered to be the single largest seizure of cash in the State so far in the run up to the Assembly elections.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of officials led by Revenue Divisional Officer and Returning Officer of the constituency, S. Sangeetha, searched the bus found parked at Ponnagar at around 2 a.m.
The cash, in 500 and 1000 rupee denominations, was found in five leather bags on the roof of the bus. According to sources, some persons from a car parked nearby fled when they saw the officials search the bus. A search was also conducted at two houses at Ponnagar and New Selva Nagar.
Both the bus and the car have been impounded. The seized cash was later handed over to the Income Tax Department officials who were conducting further investigations.
District officials said the origin of the cash or who it belonged to has not yet been established. Reliable sources said the bus was owned by a person in Perambalur.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister K.N. Nehru, the DMK candidate contesting from Tiruch West, issued a statement here denying that the seized cash belonged to his relatives, as reported in a section of the media.
The defeat of the corrupt DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu will have an impact on national politics as the combine was hand-in-glove in the 2G scam, denied improvement of educational facilities to people and failed to eliminate hunger in the country, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said here on Monday.
Campaigning in support of CPI (M) candidate and sitting MLA. P. Dillibabu at Harur and addressing a public meeting at Karimangalam in Dharmapuri district in support of former minister and AIADMK candidate in Palacode constituency K.P. Anbalagan, he urged people to elect the AIADMK-led front candidates headed by former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa to weed out corruption.
“People should vote for AIADMK-led front not only to weed out corruption but also to bring in a desirable change at the Centre by sending corrupt partners the DMK and the Congress home,” he said.
“Though our nation had massive human and natural resources, we could not achieve what we desired and bring a change owing to unprecedented corruption in all spheres,” he said. “We have sufficient funds. But, scams and looters prevented our growth and development. So throwing the DMK out of power is one way to stop mega corruption to make our nation powerful and strong,” Mr. Yechury asserted. He thanked Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for giving free colour televisions to people so that they could understand the 2G scam better.
The 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.
State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) G.Ramakrishnan has said that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will get absolute majority in the Assembly elections and form the government.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mr. Ramakrishnan said that Chief Minister M.Karuanidhi right from day one of his election campaign had been levelling the charge that the Election Commission was imposing repressive measures on a selective basis.
The ruling party that had been unabashedly adopting the “cash for vote” practice as its birthright. This was stopped by the Election Commission and it obviously infuriated it. The CPI (M) had appealed to the Election Commission to deploy para-military forces at Madurai and Chidambaram as these constituencies were highly sensitive.
He said this time around the “Thirumangalam formula” would not work because the people were fully aware of the failure of the DMK government in various spheres such agriculture, textiles and inflation.
Mr. Ramakrishnan made an appeal to the electorate to vote for party candidate K. Balakrishnan to safeguard the peaceful environment in Chidambaram.
The 2G scam will have a telling impact on the poll prospects of the DMK front, said Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy told reporters here on Monday.
Saying that the CBI enquiry is on track, he said inclusion of names was being done methodically. The name of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram would shortly figure in the list for having been part of the conspiracy.
Pointing out that the CBI would get to the bottom of the conspiracy after going into the scam layer by layer, he said that by August former Union Minister of Communications A. Raja would be convicted.
The nature of the offence was such that he was likely to get life imprisonment. If he turned approver he might get off with a lighter sentence. “The jail is the safest place for him to be in now.”
In the next charge sheet Sonia Gandhi and family members of Chief Minister Karunanidhi would be included. By June 2012 the whole 2G mystery would be unravelled. He claimed that the DMK was heading for liquidation.
To a question, Mr. Swamy said that the Election Commission, “is doing a good job.”
Alleging that Ms. Gandhi and Mr. Chidambaram were planning to rig the elections in Tamil Nadu, he hoped that the Election Commission would not let its guard down.
The practice of distributing freebies for votes is tantamount to treating people like beggars, he said. The government should try to empower people to buy such items.
Claiming that the coordination between the Janata Party and the BJP is excellent, he expressed confidence that an impressive entry would be made in the Assembly next month. It was an alliance based on ideology.
“Our objective will be to control corruption,” he declared, and alleged that the DMK and the AIADMK had a secret understanding by which they would not harm each other beyond a point.
On Sri Lanka, he said that an autonomous State should be formed for Tamils with the help of the international community.
Mr. Swamy campaigned for candidates of the Janata Party and the BJP in Kotagiri, Ooty and Coonoor.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is conspiring to unleash violence at an election meeting to be addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Chennai on Tuesday, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa alleged on Monday.
She was addressing a meeting to canvass votes for the party's Madurai North Assembly constituency candidate, A.K. Bose, on Monday.
“The DMK is trying to seek political mileage out of the violence by accusing the AIADMK and its allies for it,” she said, and asked the Election Commission to intervene and take necessary steps.
She condemned the DMK for indulging in violence and atrocities, especially in Madurai. “Two DMK cadres hurled bombs at an AIADMK functionary, Kumar, who had complained against the distribution of money in Madurai on Sunday. The region is now tense,” she said.