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Government frittered away Centre’s offers of assistance, says Ramadoss

Sunday 9 April 2006

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"MDMK’s exit from Democratic Progressive Alliance will have no adverse impact"

Says fishermen and Dalits frustrated Denies that PMK working only for Vanniya community

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa could have got very many things done on the infrastructure front for the State using the presence of a dozen Ministers in the Union Cabinet. But she has spent all her time blaming the Union Government, Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss has said.

In an interview to The Hindu, Dr. Ramadoss, who aligned with Ms. Jayalalithaa in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections and 2001 Assembly elections, mentions how the AIADMK Government chose to "fritter away" the Centre’s offers of assistance for the desalination plant project and several railway schemes.

Now a constituent of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led Democratic Progressive Alliance, the PMK campaign will focus on "non-performance" of the State Government. He says fishermen and Dalits, traditional supporters of the AIADMK, are frustrated with the party and will vote for the DPA this time. He does not see any adverse impact of the exit of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from the alliance.

Dr. Ramadoss, 66, a doctor by profession and an alumnus of the Madras Medical College, denies that his party is working only for the Vanniya community.

Ramadoss’ regret

He regrets that his party has not been given an opportunity to contest from any seat in the southern districts. The PMK is contesting 31 of the 234 seats.

See online : The Hindu

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