Union home minister P Chidambaram expressed hope that the Congress-DMK combine would win the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls owing to the developmental works undertaken by both the state and central governments.
Addressing a campaign meeting in Pudukottai district on Monday, he said, "a maya (fake appearance) has been created as if the forthcoming assembly elections will be very tough. But that is not the truth. We are facing the people in the same way as we met them in the last elections. The results will depend on people's state of mind".
"It is difficult to predict the election results as the alliance is different. The Centre had allocated a lot of funds for Tamil Nadu. This enabled the poor people develop. (Gestures such as) the farm loan waiver and loans to SHGs have improved the status of poor. There is no doubt that the Congress and DMK combine, responsible for it, will win."
Chidambaram said that both the central and the state governments had implemented a series of schemes for the benefit of the people during the past years respectively.
"People know whom to believe and whom not to believe. They know who will do what they promise, and who will not do what they say," he said.
He also said that if the state and the central governments worked in harmony many projects and programmes could be implemented.
The home minister also claimed that AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa had "copied" the manifesto of the DMK, comparing it to a student copying another in a school exam.