Jaya Flays MK Flip-flop on Congress - The New Indian Express

Jaya Flays MK Flip-flop on Congress

Published: 02nd April 2014 07:56 AM

Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 08:05 AM

AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday took a dig at DMK president M Karunanidhi — who recently announced that his party would back Congress if it returned to secularism — asking why the DMK was part of the non-secular government led by Congress for the past nine years.

Speaking at an election campaign meeting seeking votes for the AIADMK candidate of Pollachi C Mahendren, she further said that such contrary statements clearly show that Karunanidhi never maintains a steady stance.

She dared Karunanidhi to explain the contents of the Niira Radia tapes and why he had not filed a defamation case against those who released the tapes. In a recently-released tape, a top police officer was involved in a conversation with a close relative of the DMK patriarch. 

Terming Karunanidhi’s recent statement expressing disappointment over India’s abstention from voting on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka as a mere eyewash, she asked whether Karunanidhi had courage to extend support to Congress in future. 

In her campaign speech at Coimbatore, she strongly refuted the charges of opposition parties that industries that were operating in the State have planned to move to Chamarajanagar in neighbouring Karnataka and said not a single industry had moved out of the State so far.

Driving home her point, Jayalalithaa, who was seeking votes for AIADMK Coimbatore candidate Nagarajan. said, “The statistics on the number of industries in the State can reveal the truth that not even one unit gone out of the State. During the previous DMK regime in 2008-09, the total number of industries in the State was 26,122 and after the AIADMK came to power, the number has gone up to 40,352.”

“Further, the rise in count of industrial labourers is a clear indicator to the industrial growth in the State,” she said.

Further she questioned even when industrialists from Karnataka were not keen to set up their factories in Chamarajanagar, how industrialists from TN would go there. As per a recent survey of the Planning Commission, TN is the most conducive place for setting up new industries and Karnataka lags in the survey, she claimed.

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