DMK has pushed TN behind Gujarat, Punjab in development: Jaya

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa accused DMK of `plundering` the country`s wealth and said Tamil Nadu had been pushed behind Gujarat and Punjab in the development sector during the party`s rule in the state.

Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 23:06 PM IST

Theni: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Monday
accused DMK of "plundering" the country`s wealth and said
Tamil Nadu had been pushed behind Gujarat and Punjab in the
development sector during the party`s rule in the state.

"DMK had already found a place in world records for
plundering the nation`s wealth (spectrum)... while Gujarat and
Punjab had gone ahead in development, Tamil Nadu was lagging
behind," she said addressing an election meeting at nearby
Andipatti, from where she had won twice, in 2002 and 2006.

The former chief minister said it was the duty of the
people to save the country from "plunderers of state`s wealth,
sand smugglers and mine looters".

She claimed even though she did not contest from
Andipatti this time, it was her constituency permanently and
she would implement all welfare and development schemes for
it.

Jayalalithaa, contesting the April 13 polls from her
ancestral town Srirangam, alleged the DMK did not implement
various development schemes and had left many projects
unfinished in Andipatti only because it was her constituency.

In her campaign meeting at Tuticorin last evening,
Jayalalithaa said she would take action to retrieve
Katchateevu, an islet ceded by India to Sri Lanka in 1970s.

She also assured that the welfare of fishermen would be
protected if AIADMK front was voted to power and grants would
be provided for purchase of boats.

Fish processing units would be set up in 13 places and
fishermen would get Rs 2,000 during the annual 45-day ban on
fishing.

Pointing that Sri Lankan Tamils were living as "slaves"
in their homeland, Jayalalithaa said she would press the
Centre for their rehabilitation.

PTI