Despite threats, Jaya’s massive rally storms Alagiri bastion

Launching a no-holds-barred attack on Union minister and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s son M K Alagiri, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa today accused him of running a parallel government in the state, with Madurai as its centre.

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2010, 00:36 AM IST

Madurai: Launching a no-holds-barred
attack on Union minister and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi`s son M K Alagiri, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa today
accused him of running a parallel government in the state,
with Madurai as its centre.

"There are two governments in Tamil Nadu. One in
Chennai headed by M Karunanidhi as chief minister and his son
M K Stalin as deputy chief minister. The other for south Tamil
Nadu with Alagiri as chief minister," she told a massive rally
in Madurai, considered Alagiri`s bastion.

Addressing the keenly watched rally in the backdrop of
AIADMK`s claim that Jayalalithaa had received a series of
threats to her life if she stepped into Madurai, she said she
would not be cowed down by such intimidating tactics.

"Is Madurai Alagiri`s ancestral property? I am not
going to be cowed down by these threats. Issuing repeated
threats only proves someone is afraid of us," she said after
she arrived here in a bullet proof vehicle, with nearly 1,000
AIADMK men trained in martial arts and calling themselves
`black cats` throwing a security ring around her.

Even if she died at Madurai, she would do so gladly as
it came before the people of this temple city, said
Jayalalithaa, whose party had even met Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to complain of DMK government`s `lackadaisical approach`
in providing her security.

The AIADMK backed Jaya TV had complained to police
about having received threat letters, warning Jayalalithaa not
to venture to hold the Madurai rally. Yielding to AIADMK
pressure, the state government had ordered handing over to
CBI, various cases pertaining to threats to her life.

The Opposition leader alleged that people of Madurai
feared Alagiri and his men and charged that government
officials, including Collectors and SPs were transferred at
the behest of Alagiri if they did not subordinate to him.

"I am making these charges not as the Opposition
Leader but as a responsible citizen of this country. I have
learnt that Alagiri`s men say Madurai has become Alagiri nadu
(Alagiri country) and Stalin himself has to get a visa to come
here," she quipped.

She also recalled the killing of three employees of
Marans owned Dinakaran, allegedly by Alagiri`s supporters
after the daily gave low ratings to him over Stalin as
Karunanidhi`s heir apparent.

Taking a dig at Alagiri being addressed as Anjanenjan`
(Daredevil), she said that she had come to Madurai despite all
threats to her life and "this shows who the real Anjanenjan
is".

-PTI