10 May 2009

Tiruvannamalai Rally

Jayalalitha certainly addressed some thorny local issues during her recent Tiruvannamalai Rally. Most importantly she has declared herself on scrapping the iron-ore proposal in the hills of Tiruvannamalai, a roll back on SEZ’s on farm lands, and an increased support towards the agricultural community. All in all a very interesting speech, which is reproduced below from the Express News Service.

“AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday (May 6th) said that she would take all necessary measures to give a new lease of life for the sugarcane farmers, who have been leading a bitter life due to the policies adopted by the State and the Central Governments. She was addressing a mammoth rally at Tiruvannamalai in support of the PMK candidate J Guru.

Her package includes hiking the support price of Rs 2,000 per tonne, reviving cooperative sugar mills, ensuring uninterrupted power supply for farm activities, making available farm inputs at reduced cost, freezer facilities to store farm produce and rolling back of SEZs on farm lands.

The former chief minister said the iron-ore proposal that had come as a big threat to the locals would be totally scrapped. The girivalam path of the sacred hills of Tiruvannamalai would be provided basic amenities for the benefit of devotees. Besides, she assured rail link between Puducherry-Tiruvannamalai-Bangalore and Chennai.

Comparing her regime with the present, she questioned the audience whether they were leading a peaceful life without encountering law and order problems. She went on to ask, “Do you feel safe now? Are the prices of essential commodities within your reach? Can you think of building your own house?” to which the crowd answered in the negative. “During my rule, did you have power cut? Now your children are not able to study; you are not able to do your farming activity; and even you are not able to sleep well. Do you need this government? You have a golden opportunity to teach a good lesson to the DMK government and its ally Congress in Delhi by voting them out and free the state from their misrule.”


Divya said...

Did you go to the Rally?

Meenakshi Ammal said...

Absolutely did NOT go to the rally. So noisy, frentic and crowded. Stayed home with my doggies. Lovely.

Eileen said...

Understood. Better to get the highlights from the newspaper! ;-)