If the crowd response to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first election meeting in Tamil Nadu ahead of the April 13 polls is any indication, the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) led by the DMK could be in for a tough time.
The lukewarm response to the PM’s election meeting at Coimbatore on Saturday was in sharp contrast to the mammoth crowds that the AIADMK front’s joint campaign attracted in the same town on Wednesday.
While the crowds at AIADMK campaign had thrown the city’s traffic out of gear for couple of hours, organisers of the PM’s election meeting were trying to rustle up crowds to fill the venue before 6 pm before his arrival.
Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister cautioned the people against being misled by opposition parties. “The central and state governments need to work together for rapid development of Tamil Nadu and this will be possible only if you vote in favour of the alliance,” he said.
Picking up a local burning issue, that of problems faced by the textile industry, the PM said he was aware of the situation faced by the industry arising out of a steep increase in the price of yarn. He said the government would tackle the problem on a priority basis. He hoped the textile renewal fund of Rs 25,000 crore would help the industry overcome the problems it was facing.
Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran and Union Health Minister, in-charge of Congress affairs in Tamil Nadu attended the PM’s election meeting.