Make Karti Lose Deposit for PC's Failures, Jaya Appeals to Voters
A day after Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram opted out of the electoral race from Sivaganga, AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa landed in the Lok Sabha constituency urging the electorate to ensure that his son Karti Chidambaram forfeited his deposit in the coming elections.
Launching a no holds barred attack on her bitter political rival on Friday, Jayalalithaa held Chidambaram accountable for the economic woes of the country ranging from a slowed growth rate to the sliding value of the rupee against the dollar. After failing as Finance Minister and MP, “fearing defeat, Chidambaram has decided not to contest this election,” she charged. “The Congress has fielded his son from here. But I appeal to you to ensure that he loses his deposit in the election,” Jayalalithaa said.
Mocking at Chidambaram’s claim that during his tenure 200 bank branches were opened in the constituency, she questioned if one could achieve development through this. “Real development will come about only through industrial, agricultural and educational development. Everybody is aware that south TN is industrially backward. Hence, the AIADMK government took initiatives to develop industries and set up industrial parks to encourage people to start business. But what policy did Chidambaram introduce for industrial development,” she asked. According to her, he had only evinced interest in curbing the rights of State governments and slashing their funds.
She also underscored the controversy surrounding Chidambaram’s election from the constituency by a thin margin in the last LS elections.