MK hints at early elections
Friday August 15 2008 03:23 IST
Express News Service
test drive: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's convoy hits the road moments after he opened the newly constructed Usman Road flyover, in the city on Thursday.
CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday hinted at the possibility of early elections to the State Assembly by calling upon the DMK cadre to prepare themselves for such an eventuality. The current term of the Assembly ends only in 2011.
“It is time the DMK prepared itself for forming the government in the State," he said while speaking at a government function to mark the inauguration of a flyover connecting North Usman Road and Duraisamy Road in T Nagar. By making this remark, apparently, Karunanidhi had dropped hints for forming a DMK Government with a clear majority.
Ever since the present DMK Government assumed office in 2006, political parties had been sarcastically describing it as a minority government. Karunanidhi also said he was ready to take the risk of facing early Assembly elections.
The DMK chief’s comment acquires significance in the backdrop of veiled threats by Left parties to move away from the DMK-led front.The PMK had already snapped its ties with the DMK. The DMK Government is forced to rely on the Congress for its survival.And there are reports that the DMK may opt for early elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly along with Lok Sabha elections.
One more flyover
Local Administration Minister M K Stalin on Thursday promised one more flyover for T Nagar to ease traffic congestion in the area.
Speaking at the function to mark the inauguration of a new flyover connecting North Usman Road and Duraisamy Road, Stalin said he had received many a representation from traders, legislators, councillors from the T Nagar area and the general public demanding a flyover at Usman Road-Burkit Road junction. “Authorities will observe the utility of the flyover for the next 10 days and based on their comments, the new flyover at Usman Road-Burkit Road junction will be designed," Stalin said.