Debating India

`DMK chances bright’

Friday 29 April 2005

Special Correspondent

`AIADMK trying to wreck DMK chances’

VILLUPURAM: Chances of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam candidates winning the Kancheepuram and Gummidipoondi byelections are bright. And yet, the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam will misuse the official machinery to snatch away the victory, said S. Ramadoss, founder-leader of the Pattali Makkal Katchi.

Dr. Ramadoss told presspersons at Thailapuram near here on Thursday that the AIADMK had been taking steps to wreck DMK’s prospects in both the constituencies.

The ruling party had started laying tar roads in both the places, and the Chief Election Commissioner, T.S. Krishnamurthy, should keep a vigil on such an action intended to woo the voters, he said.

During his recent visit to Chennai, the CEC had stated that thanks to special measures adopted by the Election Commission, the elections in Bihar and Jharkhand went off peacefully and Dr. Ramadoss wanted such steps to be adopted in the byelections in Tamil Nadu too. He said he would campaign for the DMK for two days in each constituency: one day along with the DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, and another day separately.

Unemployed rank swelling

Dr. Ramadoss said he would lead a demonstration in Chennai on April 30 against the State Government’s apathy to the plight of educated unemployed whose rank was swelling.

All over the country 4.10 crore educated people had enrolled with the employment offices, and of them 54 lakhs were in Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Ramadoss charged the Government with consciously committing a sin by imposing a ban on recruitment and keeping several thousands of teacher posts, both in schools and colleges, vacant.

He alleged that the ruling party had gagged the officials through a circular that prevented them from parting with any information. Such a move was an infringement on the rights to information.

When Jayalalithaa came to power in 2001 she assured ``an efficient, honest and transparent governance,’’ but through the circular she had given a burial to these stated objectives, he said.

The PMK leader faulted the Government for keeping a senior IAS officer, Yesudas Gandhi, idle for the past four months.

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