Chennai, May 4: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today called upon the people of Tamil Nadu to give a massive mandate to the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in the May eight Assemby elections, saying Tamil Nadu deserved a better government to focus on the welfare of the common man.
Addressing an election rally, sharing the dias with DMK President M Karunandhi at the Island Grounds here, Dr Singh appealed to the people to give a massive mandate to the DPA as they gave in the May 2004 Lok Sabha elections for the overall development of the state.
''I am confident you will once again support the DMK-led alliance as you did in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. I look to you for an equally handsome mandate when you cast your votes,'' Dr Singh, on a whistlestop tour to the state, said.
The Prime Minister, who flew down here after addressing a poll meeting in Tiruchirapalli this evening, said ''this blessed state of Tamil Nadu is the pride of our nation and you must invest your votes for the future of the state.''
Dr Singh said the farmers in the state required a better deal and there was a need to promote growth and create more jobs for the youth. ''This is the dream of the DPA, which is best placed to realise and deliver the vision.
''Under the Congress-led UPA Government, the Indian economy is growing at an annual rate of eight per cent and we can aim for even better.
''If our team in Delhi can do this, we can achieve much more in Tamil Nadu as well,'' Dr Singh said adding the state required a government which could provide safe and secure environment for people of all faiths and religions.
''Tamil Nadu requires a government which is committed to the needs of people. It needs a government which is free of corruption and can focus on the welfare of the common man.''
Hailing the performance of the Union Ministers from Tamil Nadu as outstanding, Dr Singh said the DMK-led DPA had a futuristic vision for Tamil Nadu and its people. ''Our vision is for a prosperous future in which every Tamil is free of poverty, disease and illiteracy. It is to enable everybody lead a dignified life with self respect,'' Dr Singh said.
He said the DPA was a well balanced political dispensation, a blend of wisdom, age, experience, dynamism and ability.
The Prime Minister showered praise on Mr Karunanidhi, who, he said, was leading the alliance with wisdom. ''He is the tallest of leaders in the national political scene,'' Dr Singh said.