Chennai: Remaining firm on her desire to win all
40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puduchery in next Parliamentary
polls to enable her party to play a bigger role at national
level, AIADMK leader and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday
asked her partymen to be united to achieve this feat.
"If my dear siblings (party workers) follow unity in public
life and work for the people, they will give us massive
victory in all the 40 seats," she said at a free mass marriage
function orgainsed here by her party.
She insisted that her partymen should start working now to
achieve the goal.
Jayalalithaa, eyeing a prominent national role, had earlier
this month exhorted her partymen to strive towards a bigger
role at national politics, saying AIADMK would come to a
position where it can select the Prime Minister.
She had recently asked them to work towards bagging all 40
Lok Sabha seats (39 in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in
Puduchery) in the next Lok Sabha polls which are due in 2014.
Presiding over the marriage function, she hailed the Indian
family system but rued that nuclear families were on the rise
even as more old age homes were coming up.
"60 years back, there were no old age homes as people lived
in joint families. But today, the government itself is forced
to run such homes," she said, adding, elders should be taken
care considering the hardship they endure in bringing up
She particularly took a dig at persons who settle abroad,
saying they not only "forget their father and mother but also
their motherland." This had pushed many seniors to live in
old age homes, she added.