'Reject AIADMK, vote for DPA'

Sonia Gandhi said it would be better to have governments that shared the ideals of the UPA at the Centre.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 15:17 IST

Asking the people of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to reject "the corrupt and autocratic" AIADMK in the coming Assembly polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said it would be better to have governments that shared the ideals of the UPA at the Centre.

Charging AIADMK Supremo Jayalalithaa with taking credit for centrally sponsored schemes, Sonia Gandhi told a massive election rally here that 90 per cent of the funds for the schemes were allotted by the UPA government.

On the recent order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, constituting an expert committee to assess the water usage by ripiraian states from 1974, Sonia Gandhi said DMK Chief M Karunanidhi had mentioned to her about the concerns of the farmers and people of the state over the development. "I have taken note of your concern," she said.

"Free Tamil Nadu from misrule of Jayalalithaa and vote for the DPA to ensure that Tamil Nadu is free from misrule and from the clutches of AIADMK," she said.

The UPA government had much concern for the people of Tamil Nadu and had allocated large amounts for implementing various health, irrigation, power and rural employment guarantee schemes, she said.

"These are just a few of the projects of the UPA government initiated by the hardwork of all the Ministers from Tamil Nadu," she said in reply to the oft repeated charge of Jayalalithaa that Ministers from Tamil Nadu had not done little to the state.

At Pondicherry, Sonia Gandhi made a veiled attack on AIADMK and charged it with attempting to force a "one-person minded rule and autocratic rule" on the people of the Union Territory.

She sought a fresh mandate for her party to continue its good work for the people there.

Taking note of the poll promises of rice at Rs two per kg and free supply of colour television, Sonia Gandhi told election rallies at Madurai and Chennai that if these promises had to be implemented, the people should vote for the DPA nominees.

She said the DMK's manifesto contained many welfare schemes for farmers, weavers, fishermen and employment generation schemes.

Praising lavishly the DPA's Chief Ministerial candidate in Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi, Gandhi said he was the architect of the UPA and leader of DPA, who commands respect among the leaders.

"We look forward to him to take the leadership in Tamil Nadu also," she said.

At Madurai, she sought a mandate for DPA on the plank of performance.

"The UPA Government at the Centre has shown how much we can do and what has been done at the Centre. We want to show and prove how much will be done at the state level if you vote for a DPA Government," she said.

At Chennai, she said the people of Tamil Nadu should vote for DPA to live with dignity, security and pride.

Earlier, TNCC President M Krishnaswamy welcomed the gathering.

Since Sonia Gandhi was nearly 45-minutes behind schedule and had to leave for Delhi, several Union Ministers, including TR Baalu, Anbumani Ramadoss, GK Vasan and Dayanidhi Maran did not address the gathering.

Once, Krishnaswamy welcomed the gathering, Karunanidhi spoke followed by Sonia Gandhi.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 22:14 IST