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Sonia Gandhi will campaign in State

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Azad satisfied with election campaign

Photo: R. Ragu

GREETING AN ALLY: AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad with Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai on Thursday. —

CHENNAI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will campaign in the State for the DMK-led alliance, AICC general secretary in-charge of Tamil Nadu, Ghulam Nabi Azad said here on Thursday.

“Definitely, she will come. We will let you know at an appropriate time,” he said in response to a question, after he met Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence.

On the allegation that the war is still on in Sri Lanka, Mr.Azad said there were a lot of rumours on Sri Lanka. “Most of them are politically motivated. Some political parties are trying to take advantage of the present situation in Sri Lanka. The Congress and the DMK have taken up the issue very seriously with the Sri Lankan government… All help for relief and rehabilitation are being done in a big way and I am sure that there won’t be any problem…The war-like situation is no more there.”

Asked for his comments on AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa’s remark that the Indian Army should be sent to Sri Lanka to force the issue, he said, “I think you are more agitated than I am. Can you send the Army of one country to another?”

On his meeting with the Chief Minister, he said that he came to enquire about his health. “I was discussing how the election campaign was going on in the State. We are very satisfied that the campaign is going on very well in the State and I am sure that like last time, 2004, this time, too, the DMK-Congress and our allies will sweep the election.”

The people will vote for the performance of the UPA government, he said and added that never before had so much of money come from the Centre to Tamil Nadu as during the past five years. “I think Congress and DMK are responsible for that. The people of the State should vote for the DMK combine for the good work to continue.”

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