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Ensure victory in LS polls to keep MGR alive: Jaya to party cadre

The party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls would make Tamil Nadu prosperous and India strong, she said.

‘This victory will ensure that AIADMK has a say in India’s future. That is our contribution in keeping MGR’s fame alive,’ Jayalalithaa said in a letter to partymen on the eve of AIADMK founder and former chief minister M G Ramachandran’s 97th birth anniversary.

‘It is my direction to cadres to take this as a pledge and commence electoral duty on such a good day,’ she said.

Emphasizing the need for a change of government at the Centre that would be supportive of Tamil Nadu’s needs, Jayalalithaa said the wrong economic policies in the country for nearly two decades had to be set right.

‘The Tamil community, which has been victimized in many ways, needs justice. If these things have to happen, and Tamil Nadu is to become numero uno in the country, we have to help install a government, which gives us a hearing,’ the chief minister said.

‘The DMK’s participation in coalition governments at the Centre for 17 years has not benefited Tamil Nadu and Tamils,’ Jayalalithaa said, alleging that DMK chief Karunanidhi used it for personal benefits.

Be ‘careful’, Karuna to Centre on Indo-Lankan fishermen talks

Chennai:
Charging Sri Lanka with not living up to its word on key issues, DMK on Thursday said the Central and Tamil Nadu governments should be ‘careful’ during next week’s talks between the fishermen association of the two countries and ensure attacks on Indian fishermen do not continue. ‘Central and state governments should be cautious and careful during the talks. For, none can forget that Sri Lanka is a symbol of contradictions, as it speaks something and does something else,’ party chief Karunanidhi said.

In a letter to partymen, he said that during the peak of conflict in 2009 in that country, Colombo ‘convinced’ India and the world that it had ceased hostilities, ‘but had continued it and decimated the LTTE.’ Further, during the post-war era, whenever President Mahinda Rajapakse spoke about the 13th Amendment to Sri Lankan Constitution, he had spoken of devolution of powers to Tamils, ‘but only things opposite’ to that were happening, he said in an apparent reference to Lanka’s reluctance to implement the India-backed plan. Quoting Northern Province’ chief minister CV Wigneswaran, Karunanidhi said Army was still in control in the formerly rebels-held area and that government employees were still going by the words of the local governor, a former Lankan major general.
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