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Chennai, Dec 20 (PTI) Months ahead of assembly elections
in Tamil Nadu, principal opposition DMK on Sunday launched a
campaign against arch-rival AIADMK on what it called "lack of
governance" by the Palaniswami government and touching
sensitive issues such as the NEET-related suicides.
The party''s campaign launched on Sunday is titled
"werejectadmk" and the DMK released a video, flagging issues
in sectors like agriculture and education as it urged people
to defeat the AIADMK in the elections, likely in coming
In the video, released during a meeting of DMK''s key
office-bearers, including district secretaries, party chief M
K Stalin said senior party functionaries will visit over
16,000 villages and wards to conduct "gram sabhas" where
resolutions will be adopted against the AIADMK government as
part of the campaign.
At the meeting, Stalin set a target of winning 200 seats
for his party office-bearers and claimed DMK was facing
attacks from many fronts, including "some being forced" to
start their own political ventures as part of a "conspiracy."
The DMK, out of power since 2011, is making a full
throttled bid to storm back and dethrone the AIADMK.
Incidentally, the DMK initiative came a day after Chief
Minister K Palaniswami launched his poll campaign from his
native Edapadi in Salem district, urging the people to ensure
a resounding win for his party and facilitate continuity of
its "good service" to them.
Stalin in his video message claimed: "Entire Tamil Nadu
has been affected due to the lack of governance of the AIADMK
government. From towns to rural areas, there is a complete
"To remove this government that is working against all
Tamils, about 1,600 DMK leaders will visit over 16,000
villages and wards with the charge sheet of "werejectadmk",
hold gram sabha meetings and adopt resolutions," he added.
The gram sabha meetings are scheduled from December 23
to January 10, the party said.
Stalin said an exclusive website has been created for
this purpose and invited members of public to "adopt the
resolution online" as well.
The opposition party will highlight issues such as the
National-Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test related suicides of S
Anitha of Ariyalur, which triggered an outrage against the
exam, and some other medical aspirants, allegations of
corruption against the AIADMK, issues faced by farmers and
unemployed youth and the law and order situation.
DMK leaders, including Udhayanidhi Stalin and Kanimozhi,
have already hit the campaign trail while Stalin has been
addressing virtual meetings ahead of the state polls, the
first after the demise of the party patriarch M Karunanidhi
and AIADMK supremo and late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 and Karunanidhi on
August 7, 2018 after helming their respective parties and
holding sway over masses for decades.
Jayalalithaa had led the AIADMK to back-to-back victories
in the assembly elections in 2011 and 2016, dealing a blow to
The DMK-led alliance, however, swept the 2019 Lok Sabha
elections in the state.
Later, in his address at the gathering at the party
headquarters here, Stalin exhorted the functionaries to work
with a zeal to achieve "mission 200," implying DMK should
return at least 200 MLAs in the 234-member state assembly.
The party was facing attacks from several fronts, he said
and urged his supporters to face every one of them
He alleged that with BJP''s "muscle" and AIADMK''s "money",
the media was supportive of the two ruling parties, but added
"such things are not new to us."
"Such weapons are used against us in every election which
we have been facing. Unable to take on us, they are creating
new entities. They are forcing some people to launch their own
parties and are doing all kinds of conspiracies," he said
without naming anyone.
DMK workers should not be cowed down by these but work
harder to ensure the party returned to the ruling saddle, the
Leader of Opposition in state assembly said, while also
calling for unity among the ranks.
He alleged the AIADMK had not done anything for the state
in the last ten years and this should be effectively taken to
Stalin also said he might launch his poll campaign from
the first week of January. PTI SA
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