Chief Minister J Jayalilathaa has demanded an explanation from the DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on one of his party’s poll promises of making efforts to curtail the interference of non-government institutions in policy decisions of the Centre.
Jayalalithaa was addressing an election campaign meeting at Ammapalayam in support of party candidate for Tiruvannamalai Constituency R Vanaroja on Tuesday.
Pointing out that the DMK in its poll manifesto under the topic ‘Economic Policies’ has said that it would demand the Centre to make appropriate efforts to control the interference of non-government institutions in the policy decisions of the Centre, she wanted the DMK to explain whether the Centre had been taking policy decisions under the influence of the NGOs.
The AIADMK chief also demanded Karunanidhi to list out the names of those NGOs which pressured the Centre to take policy decisions in their favour and what the policy decisions were. Jayalalithaa said, “The DMK that was part of the UPA Government for nine years and it should explain this to the electorate.” On the DMK’s manifesto promises under 98 topics, she said that the party had been part of the Union government for 17 years and asked why it failed to fulfil these during its stint at the Centre.
Coming down heavily on Stalin, the Chief Minister said he criticised the State Government for the rise in the prices of essential commodities, but it was the Congress-led UPA government, in which the DMK was also a partner, that was responsible for the spiraling inflation. “What rights does Stalin have to speak about the price hike?” she questioned.
Jayalalithaa further said that the UPA government and its ally, DMK, had betrayed the Tamil people on several issues and listed 18 such issues.
She urged the gathering to vote for her party candidate and empower AIADMK to establish a strong government at the Centre in the Lok Sabha polls.