AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday slammed DMK treasurer M K Stalin for filing a petition in the Madras High Court demanding direction to the Election Commission to hide “the things that look like two-leaves.” Jayalalithaa asked how could the hand, bi-cycle and mango, which are party symbols, be covered.
She was speaking at an election campaign held at Chidambaram on Tuesday evening. Strongly criticising the DMK, Jayalalithaa said, “The DMK was part of the Central government for almost 17 years. But what has the DMK done for Tamil Nadu? After coming to power Karunanidhi had forgotten the welfare of the people. In turn, the people of the State had also forgotten Karunanidhi. Upset over this, Karunanidhi, through his son Stalin, filed a case in the HC to cover all the things that look like two-leaves in TN. DMK also submitted a petition to the EC regarding this. If this is so, the Congress party has hand as its symbol. Will Stalin file a petition demanding to cut every one’s hands? Or else, will he submit petition demanding everyone should wear gloves? A party has bi-cycle as symbol. So will he give petition against riding bi-cycle? One party has Mango as its symbol. Will Stalin give petition demanding banning of mango sales?”
Jayalalithaa further said, “There is a saying, ‘Everything looks yellow in colour for those who have jaundice’. Like that, the DMK men fear on seeing the AIADMK party. So, everything looks like ‘two-leaves’ for them.” She also criticised Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for not allotting enough fund for the Defence Department.
She said, “In a meeting, a relative of a deceased Navy officer asked Chidambaram about the inadequate fund being allotted to the Defence Department. But Chidambaram replied arrogantly that adequate fund had been allotted to the department, but the department had not spent the fund in knowledgeable way and the armed for-
ces should learn a lesson from this. Forgetting about the collective responsibility of the Cabinet, Chidambaram blamed the Defence Department. By this, it has come to light that the Central government departments had functioned without coordination. ”
She asked the audience to remove the Congress party from power forever. She also asked the people to teach a lesson to the DMK in this election. She said, “Despite the step-motherly attitude of the Centre, which was supported by the DMK, TN has been proceeding in the path of growth. Regarding the Annamalai University, she said, “Students and staff of the university faced trouble due to various problems. So steps were taken to bring this university under government’s control,’’ Jayalalithaa said.