TN: Chidambaram takes a dig at Jaya
P Chidambaram has ridiculed AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa`s reported remark that the Assembly polls had been announced all of a sudden instead of the anticipated date.
Kancheepuram: Union Minister P
Chidambaram has ridiculed AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa`s reported remark that the Assembly polls had been announced all of a sudden instead of the anticipated date, saying elections in
the country come at "predictable intervals of five years".
"Being a democracy, elections here come only at
predictable intervals of five years. There are no
precipitating factors as in Tunisia and Libya, making
elections uncertain or sudden. It is this well established
democratic system in India that is adding lustre to this
country," Chidambaram said.
The 2006 Assembly elections were held in May.
Asked why there was no joint campaigning with alliance
parties, Jayalalithaa had told reporters recently that they
had originally planned a 40-day campaign but elections were
announced all of a sudden.
Campaigning for the Congress candidate Yasodha at
Sriperumbudur here yesterday, Chidambar am said the DMK
government had implemented the promises it listed in the 2006
election manifesto like distribution of free TVs and gas
stoves. It was countered with derision during the campaign
then that the promises would not be fulfilled, he said.
But the government fulfilled all these promises and added
a free insurance scheme also, he said.
As a result the party which made fun of the promises last
time has settled down to copy the same this election, much
like students copying during school exams, he said apparently
referring to the AIADMK manifesto.
Chidambaram also addressed a meeting at Kunrathur
canvassing for TM Anbarasan, DMK candidate for Pallavaram.
Elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly are being held on
April 13 along with Kerala and Puducherry.