JMM releases candidate list for TN assembly polls

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) today released list of 41 candidates for ensuing assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, making its debut in the poll fray in the southern state.

Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 16:35 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)
Monday released list of 41 candidates for ensuing assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, making its debut in the poll fray in the southern state.

JMM Vice-President and former Deputy Chief Minister
Sudhir Mahto said neither the ruling DMK and opposition AIADMK
in Tamil Nadu had ever bothered to take up the issues of Sri
Lankan Tamils or the fishermen community to be made a major
poll plank by the JMM in its campaign in TN.
While Sri Lankan Tamils have remained an oppressive lot, the fishermen of the community continued to be a target
of Sri Lankan army whenever they mistakenly ventured into the
sea water of bordering areas, Mahto said.

He said while several fishermen had fallen prey to Sri
Lankar army bullets, the state government appeared reluctant
to take up the issue with the Union government.
Admitting that winning a seat or two would be an
achievement for JMM, Mahto claimed that the party was getting
a good response across the state on return from TN.

The JMM alleged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, K
Karunanidhi led DMK and Jayalalitha-headed AIADMk were wooing
voters promising gifts if voted which was against model code.
He also appreciated the Election Commission`s move to
implement election code of conduct strictly in the state.

To another question, Mahato said "we will certainly
contest the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha by-election."

PTI