February 20, 2016
“The 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls will be a repeat of 1967 elections, when Congress was ousted by the DMK. In the same manner Peoples Welfare Front (PWF) is all set to throw out both the AIADMK and DMK, which were ruling the State turn by turn for the last 48 years,” Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) President, Thirumavalavan, one of the constituent members of the four-party PWF, said today.
Addressing a mammoth public meeting here to highlight the Common Minimum Programme of PWF, Thirumavalavan said that the people were disenchanted with the Government then and saw DMK as an alternative for a change.
Similarly, PWF had emerged as an alternative to both the Dravidian parties to provide a corruption-free government, free from caste and communal politics, and with only the
welfare of the people at heart, he said.
Stating that ego of two individuals – referring indirectly to DMK leader M. Karunanidhi and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa – was becoming a stumbling block in the development of Tamil Nadu, Thirumavalavan said that a project evolved by one party was shelved by another, which came to power alternately in five years, thus wasting huge sums of tax payers’ money.
In his address, PWF Coordinator and MDMK General Secretary Vaiko said that people had already started cursing both the parties. The continuous rule by DMK and AIADMK had taken Tamil Nadu backwards to a point of no return. The AIADMK Government had not taken any steps to solve the ongoing agitations by Government employees, power loom job working unit owners and also the GAIL project, which would seriously affect lakhs of farmers of Tamil Nadu, particularly the Western region.
By capturing power once every five years, both DMK and AIADMK were protecting themselves from corrupt practices and irregularities, he said.
Dwelling on criticism on the formation of the Front, Vaiko said: “If not we, then who ?” was the question asked by the people and it would be a coalition government and not a single party government, after winning the elections.
CPIM State Secretary, G. Ramakrishnan said that the front would appoint Lokayukta immediately on assuming power and take steps to confiscate properties amassed by the leaders of DMK and AIADMK.
All the leaders promised a corruption-free, transparent administration utilising the services of honest officials like Sahayam.