DMK lands in people's court
M Karunanidhi has been called upon to explain how he plans to deliver his consignment, reports GC Shekhar.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 18:31 IST
Wednesday hangs heavy on DMK poll calendar.
Party chief M Karunanidhi will be called upon to explain how he plans to deliver his consignment — free colour TVs and PDS rice at Rs 2 per kilo – at an election meeting in Chennai.
It requires some ingenous strategising. The former chief minister needs to hard sell these schemes to the voters, many of whom are unwilling to buy them saying they're simply not feasible.
"Where will he get the money for all this? We know this is just another election stunt," said Gunasekaran, a milk vendor at Thaikkal village.
A former CPI functionary, Mohammed Yusuf, of the same village, who at the ripe age of 82 has witnessed many elections — and the promises that go along with them — was even more caustic.
"Karunanidhi says he is going to give two acres each to the landless as if he has them stocked in Chennai and would cart them by trucks to all over the state," he observed.
Villagers cutting across party lines were willing to view the DMK's most famous election promise only with a sense of incredulity. Farmers by and large scoffed at the Rs 2 per kilo rice scheme, wondering how it was possible.
"We can understand a party like PMK or MDMK making such a tall promise, since they've never been in power. But as someone who has governed the state for more than 13 years, Karunanidhi should think twice before making such promises. When Jayalalithaa is talking only of what has been delivered, how can the DMK try to win votes by promising freebies. Old timers like us still remember how the DMK failed to implement its ace — rice for rupee one scheme in 1967," said Balaguru a small farmer at Athangudi village in Thiruvarur district.
However, an unfazed Karunanidhi has said that he will sign the order on the rice scheme the day his government takes charge.
And he is ready with the script. On Wednesday, he will go into the details from where he would get funds for these two ambitious schemes. Tamil Nadu wants answers.