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Karunanidhi anguish over bid to stall development projects

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Third phase of the scheme for educated unemployed launched

— Photo: V. Ganesan

A HELPING HAND: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi with a physically challenged person, who received a cheque under the State Government scheme to provide assistance to educated unemployed at a function in Chennai on Sunday. Union Minister for Shipping T. R. Baalu (left), is in the picture.

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Sunday expressed anguish at “attempts by certain political parties and friends to stall” development projects initiated by the State Government.

Addressing a function after launching the third phase of the scheme to provide monthly assistance to over 3.38 lakh educated unemployed, he said, if some political parties and persons thought that their political interest could be promoted only through such activities, “we are prepared to step aside, leaving the issue to be settled between you and the people.”

These parties could gloat over the stalling of such projects but it would not benefit the public, he opined.

Matter of achievement

Though the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Government to its credit had brought 11 major industries to the State during the last 11 months, he did not let arrogance or haughtiness or imperiousness to creep in, Mr. Karunanidhi said.

“However, I am agonised to see the attitude of certain persons, who are not prepared to understand this and extend their cooperation,” he said.

Several impediments had to be crossed before an industrial project materialised, he said, referring to the recent violence in West Bengal, owing to protests by farmers and workers at the “instigation of reactionary forces.”

He also cited the opposition by some sections to the four-lane project proposed by the Centre to provide connectivity between the northern and southern fringes of Chennai.

There had been some “miscreants and pests” in society who were bent upon destabilising a Government, which otherwise would get its position consolidated and acquire strength by winning the people’s support through the development of resources and setting up of industries, he said.

Everyone in society could not be satisfied, as there might be shortcomings here and there while implementing projects.

Allies’ support sought

The allies and elected representatives should help the Government through good advice and proper guidance to overcome the shortcomings, besides ensuring continuance of the projects, he said.

Mr. Karunanidhi said he never wanted to cling to power.

It would be meaningful to continue ties with parties only if they believed his words that he followed the path of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, C.N. Annadurai and K. Kamaraj to serve the present and future generations.

The DMK Government had been performing to the best of its ability. If it was unable to move further, it would take leave.

If anybody else came forward to achieve more, let them do so, he said.

“I am prepared to appreciate and commend them, besides showering encomiums on them,” Mr. Karunanidhi added.

Serving the people

The DMK Government would not be rigid in implementing projects without taking people’s interest into account. It wanted to ensure that its efforts did not lead to violence or affect peace in the State, he said.

The Government had released Rs.55 crore this year for the scheme to assist the educated unemployed, he said.

He also highlighted various measures initiated by the Government to generate employment opportunities.

Union Shipping Minister T.R. Baalu, Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy, Secretary (Labour and Employment) Rameshkumar Khanna, Chennai Corporation Mayor M. Subramanian, Collector R. Jaya and C. Kuppusamy MP spoke.

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