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Sonia's call to free TN from clutches of AIADMK

At the same time, Sonia urged the people to elect an effective, responsive and caring government in the state.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:47 IST
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Launching the Congress campaign for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, party chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday asked the people to work to free Tamil Nadu from the "clutches of AIADMK misrule".

At the same time, Sonia urged the people to elect an effective, responsive and caring government in the state.

"Only the DMK-led DPA in the state would be able to ensure that every single citizen in the state was empowered to live with dignity, security and pride", she said in her address at DMK's ninth Conference which concluded its three-day meet on Sunday.

Sonia Gandhi was the special invitee to the meeting.

The Congress chief said "the coalition needs your support so that it could ensure welfare and well-being to all sections of society in your beautiful state particularly the poor, agricultural workers, Scheduled caste, OBCs and minorities."

Sonia said the UPA government came to power at the Centre because of the 'massive mandate and support' given by the people of Tamil Nadu in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Karunanidhi was the 'main architect' of DPA in Tamil Nadu and UPA at the national level.

"He commands great respect because of his wisdom, vast political experience and administrative ability".

"We have now assembled here again to free the state from the misrule of the AIADMK Government in the state".

Detailing the schemes launched by the UPA government in the past two years, she said that for the first time in the history of the country, the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme had been launched in 200 districts in the country, of which six were in Tamil Nadu.

"In the coming years, all the districts in the country will be covered by this programme", she pointed out.