Express News Service
15 Sep 2008 03:03:00 AM IST
THENI: Former Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Sunday laid a virtual charge-sheet against Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on several counts and blamed him for giving up the rights of the State and the people to the Centre, just for the sake of ruling Tamil Nadu with the support of the Congress.
Addressing a public meeting here in connection with Anna’s birth centenary, she said Karunanidhi had made several assurances in 2006 and all of which turned out to be empty ones later.“He is ruling a minority government in the State with the help of others. He has not implemented any schemes for the eradication of poverty and improving the livelihood of people,’’ she remarked.
Jayalalithaa accused Karunanidhi of not concentrating on his official duties and instead whiling away most of his time writing screenplays and dialogues, besides attending poetry sessions and producing movies. Jayalalithaa alleged that the ‘Re one kg’ PDS rice would only help smuggling of rice to other states.
Even the ‘Rs two kg’ rice supplied lacked quality. She questioned the rationale in providing the rice at ‘Re one kg’ when the prices of other food items had gone up considerably. Whenever Karunanidhi came to power, the livelihood of people was affected.Karunanidhi had given up the rights of the State on Palar, Hogenakkal and Katchatheevu, she alleged.
Earlier, she was given a rousing reception on her arrival at Theni by party functionaries, including former ministers O Panneerselvam, K A Senkottaiyan, D Jayakumar, Thambidurai, Nainar Nagendran, Anitha Radhakrishnan and Valarmathi. However, Sasikala did not accompany Jayalalithaa this time. Even TTV Dinakaran, MP, was conspicuous by his absence.