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"Centre's achievements will be DPA's poll plank"

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"DPA partners will coordinate more to unseat AIADMK Government"



LISTS ACHIEVEMENTS: The TNCC president, G. K. Vasan, releasing a report on the achievements of the Democratic Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre, in Chennai on Monday. — Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

CHENNAI: The achievements of the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre during the past one year would be the poll plank for the Democratic Progressive Alliance in next year's Assembly elections, said the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president, G.K. Vasan.

The All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's victory in the recent byelections would not have any impact on the existing alliance. In fact the alliance parties would coordinate more to unseat the AIADMK, Mr. Vasan said talking to newsmen here on Monday.

Charging that the AIADMK Government had done nothing in the last four years of its rule, Mr. Vasan said it had made mere announcements without taking steps to implement them. As the elections were due by next year, it wanted to execute its "much published schemes" before the next Assembly elections in a hurried manner. But the people, he said, would not be misled by such tactics and they would teach a lesson to the AIADMK in the Assembly elections.

Referring to the Chief Minister's statement on LTTE activities, Mr. Vasan said the Centre wanted to get details from the State Government and also made suggestions. It was the State Government's duty to reply to the Centre. Instead, the Chief Minister was trying to blame the Centre, which he said, was rather unfortunate. He said there should not be any misunderstanding between the Central and State Governments on such sensitive issues and the State should cooperate on the issue. Refuting the charge that Central Ministers belonging to Tamil Nadu had done nothing for the State, Mr. Vasan quoted a recent report by an independent agency, which adjudged P. Chidambaram, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Dayanidhi Maran, among the best Ministers in the Union Cabinet.

He hoped that at least now the Chief Minister would change her attitude and help the Ministers implement Central schemes in the State.

He described the Sethusamudram project, liberal loans to farmers, reduction in inflation rate, increase in growth rate to 6.9 per cent, revolution in telecommunication and the grant of sufficient tsunami relief to Tamil Nadu as major achievements of the UPA Government in the State. The State unit was organising public and street-level meetings to explain the Centre's achievements.

Booklet released

Mr. Vasan released a booklet on the achievements of the UPA Government. About 1,000 copies of the booklet were given to MPs, MLAs, and senior leaders of the party for distribution to the people.

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