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Campaigning gains momentum in TN

The election scenario in Tamil Nadu has hotted up with personal attacks.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 15:46 IST

Amidst simmering summer heat, the election scenario in Tamil Nadu has hotted up with personal attacks, claims, their counters and the foray of umpteen number of film stars into the campaign spree.

In the no-holds barred campaign for the May 8 polls in the state, which has a track record of personal attacks even during normal times and on the floor of the assembly, senior leaders are competing in levelling charges against each other.

The enemy-turned friend of the AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, Vaiko, has been unleashing a tirade against his political mentor and DMK chief M Karunanidhi and his family members, particularly against the upcoming star of DMK- Union IT and Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran.

Jayalalitha, whose personal attacks on Congress President Sonia Gandhi backfired in the last Lok Sabha polls with DMK getting a landslide, has apparently left the role to Vaiko.

The Chief Minister, besides picking up faults with 13 Democratic Progressive Alliance Ministers at the Centre, has charged the opposition with planning to unleash large-scale violence in the state to get the polls postponed.

Karunanidhi, meanwhile, has asked his speakers to ignore Vaiko's crossing over to AIADMK-led front in the campaign meetings and highlight the "failures of Jayalalitha government in the distribution of tsunami and flood relief."

He chided his grandson Dayanidhi Maran at a public meeting here for replying to the charges levelled by Vaiko in an aggressive tone. "It is unbecoming of a Union Minister to speak like this," he said.