Jayalalitha asks party to gear up for LS polls

Eyeing a bigger role in national level politics in coming years, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa asked partymen to get ready for next Lok Sabha polls.

Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 21:54 PM IST

Chennai: Eyeing a bigger role in national
level politics in coming years, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa
on Friday asked partymen to get ready for next Lok Sabha polls,
saying the party could achieve a pivotal position to even
decide the next Prime Minister.

"Time is ripe for us to strengthen our position at the
national politics and become a power to decide the next Prime
Minister. It is certain that we will be in the next ministry,"
she said as she accused the UPA of meting out "step-motherly"
treatment to Tamil Nadu.
Addressing partymen at AIADMK`s top decision-making body
General Council, she recalled the installation of NDA
government headed by A B Vajpayee in 1998 and said, "Our
contribution in that is immeasurable."

Jayalalithaa, who was part of the third front comprising
the Left and regional parties in the last Lok Sabha polls,
said the time for her party to expand beyond the political
boundaries of Tamil Nadu and step into national level was
"fast approaching".

Today`s meeting of the general council was the first after
Jayalalithaa led her party to a landslide victory, unseating
the DMK from power in the April assembly polls.

Asking partymen not to be complacent with the victory in
the Assembly and civic polls, she asked them to "prepare for
next victory" - a reference to the Parliamentary polls.

Charging the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre
with showing "step-motherly attitude and being biased against
Tamil Nadu," she said with the AIADMK gaining significant rank
in national politics, the party "will be at the helm of
"In such a situation we can make decisions without
affecting national integration and at the same time not
compromising on Tamil Nadu`s rights," Jayalalithaa said in an
apparent reference to inter-state disputes including
Mullaperiyar dam row with Kerala.

"If we achieve that golden era, we don`t need to be in a
position to plead for our rights over water and its
conservation," she said.

Warning partymen against having any truck with expelled
members, apparently referring to her former close aide
Sasikala and her family members who were shown the door
recently, Jayalalithaa said she would not take it lightly.

Sasikala, her husband K Natarajan and scores of their
relatives were removed from AIADMK amid reports that they were
trying to emerge as a parallel power centre to Jayalalithaa.

"Expelled members who cast aspersions on the party
leadership will not be forgiven. Not only that, those partymen
who believe in such persons` words and act accordingly will
also be not spared," she warned.

Alleging that the DMK regime was thrown out because of the
2G spectrum scandal and other issues, Jayalalithaa said people
had given the mandate for her party to deliver a `clean
administration and governance.`

By remaining clean and unblemished, none could snatch away
power from her party, she said urging the partymen to work for
delivering all welfare measures initiated by her government.

She said her government was facing a `gigantic task` of
creating a golden era for the people, after inheriting a
financial system left in a shambles by the previous DMK regime
and facing the Centre`s ?step-motherly and biased attitude".

Charging her predecessor DMK government with being involved
in lavish and unnecessary spending of tax payers money, on
various events and conferences, she urged her partymen not to
repeat the same and preached simplicity.