Jayalalithaa lets out steam against DMK in Delhi sojourn

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New Delhi, Jun 14: It was nothing sort of a red-carpet treat for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's first official visit to Delhi after her election win. In a visit that is expected to have political repercussions and a further dent in the already strained relationship between the Congress and the DMK, Jayalalithaa was in her oratory best and utilized every single opportunity to take on the DMK. She slammed the corrupt practices and addressed the various issues of the state.

With Jaya ruling out any sort of realignment in the Centre, said that, it was premature to talk about it. When questions were raised on her possible alliance in the Centre, she stated that as of now the DMK was still in the partnership in the Centre and commented, "If anyone wants my support they have to ask."

She also affirmed that it was important to have a good relation between the Centre and State. She spoke vehemently on various issues grabbing the headlines at the moment, from Anna Hazare to 2G scam, from Sri Lanka Tamil issue to the Mullaperiyar Dam matter. She also spoke strongly on the power crisis in Tamil Nadu and the lack of governance the state witnessed during the previous DMK regime.

She mouthed tirades against the corrupt especially those involved in the 2G scam and demanded the resignation of Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran. Taking the ire a step further, she slammed Home Minister P Chidambaram and stated that in spite of his loss in the 2009 elections he had got into power by "fraudulent means".

Engaging in a slug fest against the DMK, she said that there was complete nepotism, misrule in the state under the previous government and said that there was no freedom of speech or expression, comparing the DMK regime to Hitler's Nazi Germany, Mussolini's Italy or Uganda under Idi Amin's rule. She further added, "The only thing they have done in the DMK rule was amass wealth."

She also spoke on the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamils who were subjected to brutal human rights violations on which she presented a memorandum to the Prime Minister. "Number of Sri Lankan Tamils by Sri Lankan govt is 10,000 but private agencies have higher numbers. Have requested PM to verify the numbers...want to bring back these Tamilians back from camps." she stated.

With her Delhi visit set to shake things down south considerably, her decision to ignore Sonia Gandhi and her demand for Maran and Chidambaram's resignation is expected to alter power equations in the Centre. Will Jaya be successful in deleting DMKs rising sun from the Tamil Nadu political scene remains to be seen and with her recent emergence in the Centre's power corridors, Jaya surely is the flavour of the season.

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