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Congress campaign to focus on UPA’s achievements

Tuesday 21 February 2006

Staff Reporter

"Issues related to power sharing can be considered after polls"

Moily flags off padayatra by Congress Seva Dal workers To meet Congress Ministers, MPs and MLAs on Tuesday Moily flags off padayatra by Congress Seva Dal workers To meet Congress Ministers, MPs and MLAs on Tuesday

Coimbatore: The Congress will focus on the achievements of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre in its Assembly election campaign.

Congress Working Committee member in-charge of Tamil Nadu, Veerappa Moily, made this announcement while speaking to reporters here on Monday.

Earlier, he flagged off a padayatra by Congress Seva Dal workers, highlighting the achievements of the UPA Government, to Chennai.

Asked if the Congress would seek to be a part of the State Government after elections, Mr. Moily said the objective was to ensure the victory of the Democratic Progressive Alliance. Issues relating to power sharing could be considered after the polls.

"Respectable space"

The seat-sharing talks with the DMK had been very smooth and based on "mutual trust and respect." Refusing to comment on the number of seats the party hoped to contest, he said it was looking for a "respectable space" in the alliance.

He would have a meeting with Congress Ministers from the State, MPs, MLAs and other leaders on Tuesday. Based on their opinion, the party would present its seat-sharing proposal to the DMK.

Mr. Moily said in Tamil Nadu, any party that aligned with the Congress had tasted success.

He accused AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa of having betrayed the Congress after winning the Assembly elections in 2001, by aligning with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls.

Accusing the State Government of having failed to do any thing concrete for development, Mr. Moily said it never contributed anything for the relief of tsunami or flood victims.

The UPA Government pumped in several thousand crores of rupees for all development schemes.

"Deciding factor"

Our Erode Staff Reporter reports:

The Congress is the deciding factor for forming any government in the country, Mr. Moily said here, while unveiling an 8-foot life-size statue of the late G.K. Moopanar, at Thavittupalayam near Anthiyur on Sunday night.

Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K. Vasan presided. Union Minister of State for Textiles E.V.K.S. Elangovan also spoke.

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