Chennai: Attacking the previous Karunanidhi
regime, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today said
people have won new freedom with the end of the "tyrannical
family rule" in the state.
In her first Independence Day address since being swept
to power in a landslide victory in the April 13 Assembly
elections, she said there was no freedom for the people in any
field in the last five years and they lived in fear.
"People started feeling that with AIADMK coming to power,
the five years of tyrannical family rule has ended,"
Jayalalithaa, also party chief, said.
She said once considered a peaceful state, Tamil Nadu has
turned into a state of lawlessness during the five years of
Justifying the various freebies offered by her
government, the Chief Minister said it was the "duty of the
welfare state," to safeguard the interests of the poor people
by distributing goods free of cost.
"In order to fulfill the essential needs of the people,
our government is distributing some items free of cost. Such
things distributed at no cost to the public should not be
termed as freebies," she said, unfurling the tricolour at Fort
St George here.