People's Welfare Vital Than PM Post: Jayalalithaa - The New Indian Express

People's Welfare Vital Than PM Post: Jayalalithaa

Published: 09th April 2014 07:52 AM

Last Updated: 09th April 2014 08:12 AM

Welfare of the people and not the prime ministerial or Cabinet posts, is of paramount importance to her party, said AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa here on Tuesday.

Jayalalithaa said that Opposition leaders, especially those from the DMK, were getting jitters upon seeing the huge crowds at her campaign meetings.

In her 55-minute speech during the poll campaign at Ammur in Arakkonam constituency on Tuesday, she said, “The DMK men have begun to realise that the AIADMK will win all the 40 seats in the LS elections. As such, they are spreading the word that I cannot become the Prime Minister even if my party wins all the seats.” 

The AIADMK chief said that the posts of the Prime Minister or the ministers were not of importance to her party than the welfare of the people.

Coming down heavily on her bete noire M Karunanidhi for betraying the people of Tamil Nadu, she said that despite being part of the Congress-led UPA government for nine years, the DMK patriarch had failed to do justice.

Criticising the DMK’s manifesto, Jayalalithaa pointed out that reservation for backward and most backward classes had been fixed at 27 per cent in 1993, but was not followed till date.

“This was stated in the DMK manifesto. In fact, it said that only 14 per cent reservation had been followed till date. What was the DMK doing for 17 years?” she asked.

Reservation was not followed even in the Ministries held by DMK men, she said and added that the party had again come up with the same poll promise as in 2004. She urged the voters to ensure a landslide victory for her party to ensure a strong government at the Centre that would benefit the State and the nation.

Terming the EC’s orders anti-democratic, she said that the poll panel’s peculiar instructions had confused both the public and political parties. “The EC’s order had prevented the party even from uttering the name of the party candidate from the constituency. It even prevented the candidate to share the dais with me during the campaign,” she said. 

The election officials attached to Arakkonam constituency had even conducted a check in the helicopter of Jayalalithaa, after she landed at the makeshift helipad at Ammur near Ranipet, to address the gathering. However, nothing was found, said a source in the police department.

Meanwhile, speaking at a campaign meeting in the Thiruvallur constituency in Chennai Jayalalithaa said that her government has completed several projects and was in the process of implementing a number of other projects in the areas under Thiruvallur constituency.

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