Criticism of UPA nothing to do with electoral tie-ups: Jaya

Remaining non-committal on the issue of alliance for the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said her criticism of the UPA government had nothing to do with the issue of electoral tie-ups.

Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 22:08 PM IST

Chennai: Remaining non-committal on the
issue of alliance for the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK
chief Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said her criticism of the UPA
government had nothing to do with the issue of electoral
tie-ups.

"Whenever the Central government`s action was against
public interest, the AIADMK never hesitated to voice its
criticism. This has got nothing to do with electoral
alliance," she told reporters here.
Jayalalithaa was responding to reporters` queries
about her criticism of the UPA in recent days including her
slamming of Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal for his
statements against the CAG on estimates of losses due to 2G
spectrum allocation.

Asked if the "doors were shut" on AIADMK-Congress
alliance, she shot back, "I never said there was an alliance"
and refused to talk more on the issue.

Jayalalithaa had made a sensational offer in November
to extend AIADMK`s support to Congress in the event of DMK`s
exit from UPA on the issue of taking action against former
telecom minister A Raja regarding the spectrum scam.

She described as "highly condemnable" Sibal`s
criticism of CAG estimates of 2G spectrum losses and said it
was against the constitution, as the Comptroller and Auditor
General of India was a constitutional authority.

Sibal`s remarks amounted to contempt of court as
Supreme Court was looking into the case based on the CAG
report, she said.
Slamming the DMK for "failing" on various accounts
including "deteriorating" law and order, power cuts and price
rise, she said the "anti-people and autocratic dynasty" rule
will be overthrown in the coming elections due in May.

"Overall, there is no safety to life and property and
police is not acting against incidents of crime that has
become daily affair," she said, adding, her party will take
these issues to the people.

"No matter what the freebies the ruling DMK has given
so far or will give in the future, people are fed up with the
life they are forced to lead and they want the AIADMK to come
to power," Jayalalithaa said.

On alliances, she said AIADMK was in talks with some
others and she will come out with details at the appropriate
time.

She declined to answer any queries of alliance with
DMDK, floated by actor-politician Vijayakant."No comments."

Condemning the recent fuel price hike, she said the
AIADMK, Left parties and the TDP will meet in New Delhi soon
to chalk out the strategy for a major protest.

PTI