MMK charges TN Govt for not solving people's problem

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Tiruchirapalli, Feb 9: Muventhar Munnetra Kazhagam (MMK) President G M Sridhar Vandayar vehemently criticised the DMK Government and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for concentrating only on solving his family feuds and holding mega functions, instead of initiating measures for the welfare of the people in the state.

Talking to newspersons here last night, Mr Vandayar alleged that due to Government's negligence attitude, 4000 MW power plant of Reliance Group, which had initially planned to set up a plant here, would now establish it at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. If the Government utilised the opportunity, the electricity crisis in the State could have been solved to a greater extent, he added.

He alleged that the Government was hiding the fact that there was an undeclared power cut in the state.

He said, though more than 12 ministers representing the state in the Union Cabinet, the development activities for the State were denied at various stages. For instance, the Union Planning Commission had refused doubling the BG railway line between Villupuram and Dindigul, citing the reason that it would not be economically viable.

Referring to the Sethusamudram Cannal Project (SSCP), he said the Centre should implement it, even if there was a need for a change from the present controversial route.

Mr Vandayara said his party's alliance with the AIADMK would continue, as the AIADMK had allotted a seat to his party in the ensuing by-elections to Local Bodies in the state.

He urged the Centre to sanction Rs 1000 per quintal as Minimum Support Price (MSP) for paddy, as in the case of wheat.

He said both the film actors, Vijayakanth and Sarathkumar, who floated new political parties, should take up struggles for the cause of people, instead of issuing press statements almost on regular basis.

Earlier Mr Vandayar declared open the portrait of party's State Joint President P G Rajappa Pappu Reddiyar at the party's administrative council meeting. He had expressed concern over the Government's tendency to sanction Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) and establishment of the factories of foreign companies only in-and around Chennai city and said the step would deny the development of other parts of the State, especially its southern districts. The Government should segregate huge investments to the entire state by creating adequate infrastructure facilities, he added.

He urged the Government to club Kallar, Maravar and Agamudayar into Thevar community by including the Most Backward Class(MBC). The party would observe a day-long fast at Kumbakonam on February 25 to draw the Government's attention, he added.

He also urged the Centre to retrieve Katcha Theevu and to protect the interest of the State fishermen.

He expressed concern over the defence authorities attitude in rejecting the candidature of many selected candidates during the recent recruitment drive for army at Tiruchirapalli, for producing their nativity certificate in Tamil. Though the Centre accorded recognition of Tamil as a classical language, the defence ministry's refusal to accept certificates in Tamil needs to be condemned, he added.

He urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony to look into the problem immediately and to ensure that it would be not repeated.


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