In a fierce attack on DMK-Congress combine, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Wednesday dubbed it a “loot coalition” by raking up a host of corruption charges against the two parties and asked the people to decimate them in the May 16 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
Listing out the scams of the UPA-II like 2G spectrum, coal and Adarsh Housing at an election rally, she said, “Do not forget that it is the Congress-DMK combine which indulged in scam even in conduct of games..the Commonwealth games.”
On issues such as Mullaiperiyar, Jallikattu and illegal granite mining, the Tamil Nadu CM attacked DMK for “betrayal” of the state and for “inaction” against the tainted in granite irregularities.
She told the audience the DMK-Congress combine would come to them “to seek votes to swindle more as if what they had swindled when they were in power was not enough.
“You must give them a (electoral) blow, more severe than you handed them down in 2011 Assembly and 2014 Parliamentary polls, to put a full stop to them,” she charged.
Only if you deliver the blow, “the loot-combine will permanently go,” she said.
“A full stop should be put for the DMK-Congress combine,” she said and posed her characteristic question of “will you do it?, will you do it?” in an emotionally charged voice to which the large audience replied in the positive.
On Mullaiperiyar issue with Kerala, which has a direct bearing on five southern districts, she claimed AIADMK alone was working towards restoring the storage in Mullaiperiyar dam to its full capacity of 152 feet.
“Necessary steps have been taken by my government to store water to its full capacity of 152 feet. All work for dam strengthening will be completed and I give you my assurance that water will be stored to its full capacity of 152 feet,” she said.
She referred to DMK’s poll promise that it will make efforts for storage of 142 feet water in Mullaiperiyar by urging the Centre.
“I don’t understand and I am not aware if you understand. When 142-feet water is being stored for the past two years, what is that they are going to urge,” she asked.
She alleged that DMK was betraying Tamil Nadu by deciding to store only 142 feet water.
The Chief Minister said due to her government’s efforts, the Centre had put on hold its nod to Kerala for a study on the environmental impact assessment for a new dam over Mullaiperiyar.