Thursday, April 7, 2011

Chief Minister took care of his family instead of state: Jayalalithaa

 Coimbatore, Apr 6 : AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa today gave assurance that the dyeing units problem of zero discharge level will be achieved if the AIADMK-led alliance takes charge of the state.

 During her election campaign with alliance party leaders at VOC ground here, she said during 2007 after the High Court intervention, the DMK government had failed to call a meet between farmers and dyeing unit owners to bring solution. Even after paying crore of rupees as penalty now the dyeing units were closed and every day losing Rs five crore worth production.

She recalled that during her last government rule, she had planned to introduce marine discharge scheme for the dyeing units and because of the change in the government she could not implement it. Now after assuming the power, she will implement the scheme.

She said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi now is giving assurance that he will solve the dyeing units problem.

Listing out of various murders and abduction for last five years and failure in law and order situation in the state, Ms Jayalalithaa said Mr Karunanidhi is taking care of his family instead of state.

She said they have involved in all sectors and showed their monopoly including cinema, newspaper, sand, granite, land, cable TV and etc.

She recalled when thousands of Tamilians were killed in Sri Lanka, the chief minister played a drama of fast agitation for three hours and said people of Tamil Nadu will not forget those and will teach a lesson on April 13, when the election was held.

She assured that a Manimandapam will be constructed in this city in the name of farmers leaders Narayanasamy Naidu and said the family of farmers who lost their life during agitation, will be given pension.

She also said once her party formed the government the people and the farming land will be protected from wildlife elephants.

Earlier, CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat in his address said whether the CBI will punish or not in the 2G Spectrum issue, the people of Tamil Nadu will punish the corrupt DMK and Congress alliance in the state election. He also said that DMK’s name should change as "Sonia Family Munnetra Kazhagam".

I am the CM candidate: Karunanidhi

Chennai, Apr 7 : With just six days to go for the Tamil Nadu assembly polls, ruling Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK)'s chief minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday said he is the sole chief ministerial candidate of his party's alliance with the Congress.

 "I am the only chief ministerial candidate of the DMK-Congress alliance," he told NDTV in an interview while alleging that his opponent Jayalalitha has stolen from their election manifesto.

Karunanidhi, speaking in Tamil, said the 2G scam will not affect the political fortunes of the ruling DMK.

He also accused the opposition All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) of stealing his political manifesto.

"I pity her," he said when questioned on AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has issued notices to Jayalalithaa and her alliance partner DMDK chief Vijayakant for allegedly personally attacking M Karunanidhi and his family members during the campaign.

Both the leaders were asked to send their replies by 5 p.m. on Thursday to Election Commission.

In the Tamil Nadu elections for its 234 assembly seats, Congress and DMK are fighting the polls in an alliance.

Congress is contesting in 63 seats after DMK agreed to the figure following a hard bargaining and a near split in the alliance.

DMK is contesting 121 seats, while its partners PMK is fighting in 30, VCK 10, KMK 7, IUML two and MMK one.

AIADMK is fighting the polls with alliance partners like the Left parties and the DMDK of actor-turned-politician Vijayakant.

While AIADMK has fielded candidates in 160 seats, while the DMDK is contesting in 41 seats.

In Andipatti, only ‘two leaves’ matters

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa addresses the voters during an election campaign at Andipatti. File Photo: G. Moorthy
This is one of the very few constituencies in Tamil Nadu where the credentials of the candidate do not matter at all for the voters.
What matters here is whether the candidate is from AIADMK headed by J. Jayalalithaa or if he is contesting on the MGR’s symbol ‘two leaves’ which still attracts people in southern Tamil Nadu like a magnet.
This rural constituency in southern Tamil Nadu’s Theni district is a traditional AIADMK stronghold and has sent two leaders from the party -- late matinee idol M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa -- to the state Assembly as Chief Ministers.
While MGR contested successfully from here in 1984, Ms. Jayalalithaa became an MLA from this segment in 2002 by-polls and retained the seat again in 2006. However, in the April 13 elections, Ms. Jayalalithaa is contesting from her ancestral town of Srirangam in Tiruchirapalli.
Ms. Jayalalithaa’s migration to Srirangam from here is unlikely to affect the fortunes of AIADMK nominee Thanga Tamilselvan, who hails from nearby Theni, as majority of the people in this town and villages say they will vote only for AIADMK.
Mr. Tamilselvan won the 2001 Assembly elections from here, but resigned as an MLA four months later to ensure Ms. Jayalalithaa’s entry into the state Assembly.
DMK has fielded Mukaiah, who is a relative of Mr. Tamilselvan and is hoping that this factor will help them split the votes.
Interestingly, some people here appreciate DMK’s pet schemes like the free colour television to households, free gas stoves and rice at Re 1 per kg, opining that this may prompt some beneficiaries to vote for the ruling party.
Another interesting fact is that a majority of people in this rural town are aware of the 2G spectrum scam, which the opposition has been racking up for some time now, and how it has caused loss to the national exchequer.
Shanmugam, who owns a bakery just outside the bus stand here, says right from the time of his father, his family has been voting for the AIADMK and he will continue to do so.
“The candidate does not matter here. He is contesting on behalf of the AIADMK and he has the blessings of Amma (Jayalalithaa). That is enough for us...this vote is for Jayalalithaa and the two leaves symbol,” he says.
Just yards away, Nagendran, an auto driver, echoes Shanmugam’s views and says the AIADMK chief will “ensure the development of this area which is under the control of AIADMK.”
“We vote for AIADMK because of Jayalalithaa. She has represented the constituency twice and she has done a lot of things to the area. And when she is in power, law and order is always good,” he says.
However, Mangammal, who sells flowers at the main market, says she plans to vote for the DMK this time as she got a colour television set and gas stove for free.
“Ayya (Karunanidhi) gave us many things for free. So, I want to show my gratitude by voting for him,” she said.
A local DMK functionary claimed that the DMK has made some inroads in this constituency and the election results will confirm that.
Andipatti is centrally located between Madurai and Theni and it has bus facilities and other basic facilities like hospital. During the AIADMK’s 2001-2006 regime, the Theni Medical College and Hospital was started and it is functioning well now.
Ms. Jayalalithaa, who campaigned in the town on Monday, had said that Andipatti will continue to remain her constituency despite her not seeking the mandate from her.
Durairaj, a local AIADMK functionary, said Ms. Jayalalithaa not contesting from this seat doesn’t matter to people as they have elected her twice already.
However, Congress functionary Perumal contests this claim and says AIADMK has less chances of winning this seat this time.

Vijayakant accuses Sonia, CM of failing to protect fishermen

DMDK leader Vijayakant campaigning in Thiruthuraipoondi Constituency in Tiruvarur district on Wednesday. Photo: M. Srinath
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakant has accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi of failing to take steps to put an end to the killing of Indian fishermen, allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy.
Ms.Sonia Gandhi, while addressing an election rally in Chennai on Tuesday, has expressed concern over the killing of the fishermen.
At the least, they could intensify patrolling, which by itself would help the fishermen, he said during the election campaign at Tiruthuraipoondi in Tiruvarur district on Wednesday.
Recalling the services rendered by Communist leader Jeeva, Mr.Vijayakant appealed to people to elect K.Ulaganathan of CPI as MLA of the constituency.
Jeeva led a simple life and lived for the welfare of people and nation. Sharing an anecdote, Mr.Vijayakant said, once Kamaraj went to Jeeva's house to take him to a function.
Jeeva did not come out of the house immediately but took sometime. Later Kamaraj came to know that Jeeva was waiting for his only dhothi and shirt to dry. ‘Such is the simplicity of Jeeva. Mr.Karunanidhi claims to be a friend of Jeeva.
But everyone knows the value of the properties declared by Mr.Karunanidhi in his affidavit,' he said.
‘Former Chief Minister M.G.Ramachandran respected Jeeva.
That is why he started a transport corporation in the name of Jeeva' Vijayakant said.

Will retrieve Wakf Board properties under DMK control: Jayalalithaa

Addressing a series of election meetings in the district, Jayalalithaa said "all help would be extended" to the Muslim pilgrims wanting to undertake Haj.

Similarly, the Christians and the Hindus would also be helped to visit holy places, she said.

Flaying the family of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa alleged even families where "generations of people had worked hard" had not amassed as much wealth as the DMK chief's family. Even the ministers and other leaders of the DMK government had amassed wealth to an "unimaginable level", she alleged.

Charging that the entire state was "in the grip of a single family", she said the April 13 Assembly elections was the "only chance to free the state". A change of government was the need of the hour to put an end to factors such as rowdyism, smuggling of sand and deterioration of the law and order, she said.

The AIADMK chief also assured that if elected to power, a ring road would come up at Paramakudi to decongest the traffic. Underground drainage would also be implemented in Paramakudi, she promised.