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Bypoll, a fight for democracy: DMK

R.K. Radhakrishnan

An opportunity for people to put an end to authoritarianism An opportunity for people to put an end to authoritarianism

KANCHEEPURAM: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M.Karunanidhi, on Tuesday said that the byelections to Kancheepuram and Gummidipoondi constituencies was a fight between democracy and authoritarianism and it was for the people to decide which of the two should prevail.

It was wrong to characterise the elections as a fight between one individual and another, he said and added that it was time people made it clear that money could not buy everything.

He was addressing a rally of the Democratic Progressive Alliance here to garner support for the DMK candidate, M.Kumar.

The DMK chief said that it was clear that the State Government believed only in money and muscle power.

The bypoll presented the people with an opportunity to put an end to this, he said.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi founder, S.Ramadoss, said the All-India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government had not been able to implement any of the pre-election promises made in 2001.

Even the Government could not function well, as 16 Cabinet reshuffles and frequent shifting of officials took place. The Chief Minister was trying to mislead people, saying that she would implement schemes for weavers, he said.

The TNCC president, G.K.Vasan, said that it was imperative that the DMK candidate won both the seats.

The AIADMK was merely making more promises on the eve of the elections because it was desperate to win the seats. He urged people to make an informed decision and teach the AIADMK Government a lesson.

The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary, Vaiko, alleged that the State Ministers were trying to entice voters in many ways. But the people would not budge, he said. Mr.Vaiko warned election officials against letting bogus names remaining in the electoral roll. He said a house in a Gummidipoondi village had 110 votes. How was this possible, he asked.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary, N.Varadarajan, urged people to use the byelection as an opportunity to usher in a political change. '' It is your responsibility to ensure the victory of the DMK candidate with a huge margin.''

The Election Commission ordered the deployment of Central paramilitary forces for a byelection, an indication of the manner in which democracy was being practised here, he said.

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