Sunday, April 10, 2011
AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa has demanded Election Commission to transfer C. Chandrasekar, Superintendent of Police, Special Branch (SSB, Chennai) accusing him of helping the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam to distribute money to voters.
“She accused that the official was the brother-in-law of School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu. Hence he should be transferred so as to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner.”
Ms. Jayalalithaa addressed campaign meetings at Karimangalam and Odasalpatti in Dharmapuri district and Krishnagiri town on Saturday.
She said “Assembly election is an opportunity to root out the corrupt DMK government headed by Chief Minister Karunanidhi. Mr. Karunanidhi has swindled crores of public money in the name of numerous welfare schemes to amass wealth for his family,” she alleged.
The DMK government failed to control rising inflation, deteriorating law and order situation, as the DMK men were indulging in Kangaroo courts (Katta Panchayat), spiralling cement prices, rampant smuggling of ration rice.
Ms. Jayalalithaa said if the AIADMK alliance is voted to power, she will make the State surplus in power generation.
She assured the people of Dharmapuri of constructing a bridge on Chinnar and also to bring water from Panchapalli dam, setting up a government engineering college and an arts college.
Speaking at Krishnagiri, Ms. Jayalalithaa said that if AIADMK is elected, the government will establish a medical college, upgrade the district headquarters hospital, speed up the Hogenakkal Drinking Water and Flurosis Mitigation Scheme, set up a sugar mill and cold storage facility for Krishnagiri district.
With just a day left for the campaign to end for April 13 assembly polls in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, electioneering has reached a feverish peak with national leaders descending on the state and regional leaders launching an all-out effort to woo the voters.
While true colours of canvassing in the festival of polling -- graffiti, and other paraphernalia that come attached were missing due to Election Commission’s strict regulations, leaders are making sure they reach out to people.
Loudspeakers have fallen silent following EC norms while relatively clean walls sans posters seem to add to the lacklustre campaign.
As the campaign for the April 13 polls to Kerala Assembly draws to a close, the question dominating the highly polarised scene is which way the wind will blow as no wave is palpable in favour of either the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF or the Congress-headed UDF.
Campaign in Tamil Nadu
Both DMK president Karunanidhi and his arch-rival and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa are contesting from constituencies of nativity and bank on this factor to see them through the hustings.
The Central government, at least while appointing members to the Election Commission in future, should think about “what its powers should be and to what extent it should go,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said here on Saturday.
Addressing a campaign meet at the AFT grounds here, Mr. Karunanidhi said the DMK was not asking the Central government to appoint someone favourable to the party. However, the functionaries of the panel should be those who were “fair and impartial.” Explaining the series of events that led to the postponement of awarding cash prizes to the World Cup winning Indian team and to Tamil Nadu player R. Ashwin, Mr. Karunanidhi said that when the Election Commission was approached through the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu on the issue, it had stipulated that “no photograph or video of the event should be publicised.”
“A Chief Minister who is running the government after earning the support of the majority of the electorate could not celebrate the victory of the country's team. This is the state today,” he remarked.
Referring to the hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi demanding the passing of the Lokpal Bill, he said that the “good thoughts” of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Cabinet Ministers on saving the life of the activist resulted in the acceptance of his demands.
“There was nothing wrong in what Mr. Hazare said. I extend my congratulations to Mr. Hazare and to the people who saved his life,” he said.
The police have registered a case against A. Kaliyaperumal, brother of former Telecom Minister A. Raja, on the charges of bribing voters and misusing the vehicle allotted to an Independent to campaign for the DMK nominee.
Mr. Kaliyaperumal, who is also the chairman of the Andimuthu – Chinnapillai Chairtable Trust, a family trust of Mr. Raja, on Thursday wooed women members of the Manomani self-help group near Eraiyur village by promising a loan of Rs.2 lakh. He also bribed the voters in the village, according to complaints received by election officials. Sensing that the flying squad was rushing to the village, Mr. Kaliyaperumal sent off his car and switched over to a vehicle belonging to Ravichandran, an Independent.
The squad seized calendars carrying images of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and former Union Telecom Minister A. Raja – campaign materials distributed without permission. The Mangalamedu police have registered case under Section 171(B); 171 (E) and 188 of Indian Penal Code against Mr. Kaliyaperumal on charges of bribery. A case has also been registered against the car driver, Akbar.
District Election Officer M. Vijayakumar said that since Mr. Kaliyaperumal had used the vehicle belonging to an Independent, the expenditure would be transferred to the DMK nominee. A poll violation case has been registered against Mr. Ravichandran.