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Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa addressing a public meeting after the launch of her election campaign for assembly polls in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa addressing a public meeting after the launch of her election campaign for assembly polls in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: PTI

Jayalalithaa launches AIADMK campaign for Tamil Nadu polls

Jayalalithaa also assures phased prohibition, if voted back to power

Chennai: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary and chief minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa launched her campaign from Island grounds in Chennai on Saturday and assured phased prohibition, if voted back to power.

“My entire life has been dedicated to the welfare of you. Your happiness is my wish," said Jayalalithaa to a rousing crowd.

Mentioning that her incumbent government has fulfilled all the promises that were part of AIADMK’s 2011 manifesto, Jayalalithaa urged voters to choose her party to continue the “good governance" in the state.

“Family politics ended in 2011 and I want you to repeat the same by electing me this year as well," she added.

While talking about prohibition, Jayalalithaa said: “Total Prohibition cannot be implemented in one go, it should be implemented gradually." She blamed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Karunandhi for lifting the prohibition in 1971.

In the past few months, all the political parties with an exception of the AIADMK, have promised to ban liquor shops, if they assume power. Jayalalithaa has all along maintained silence about prohibition.

The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation, which is a state run liquor retailer and has a monopoly in liquor business, brings high revenues to the state government.

Taking credit for the launch of Chennai metro rail project, the AIADMK supremo listed all the “developmental activities" done by the AIADMK government in the state.

“Tamil Nadu has become a power surplus state. 7486.5 megawatts of electricity have been additionally added to the state’s power grid," added Jayalalithaa.

Boasting that the Tamil Nadu government did “an exceptional job" during the recent deluge in Chennai in November-December last year, Jayalalithaa said: “It was unprecedented rains in 100 years. Three months of rainfall was received on a single day."

“…We successfully kept the communicable diseases at bay. That’s our major victory during the Chennai floods," reiterated the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa will continue her campaign till 19 May.

On 4 April, Jayalaithaa announced the party’s candidate list and has since then replaced a maximum of 12 nominees. The AIADMK leader will contest from the Radhakrishnan Nagar (R.K. Nagar) constituency in Chennai from where she was elected in the June 2015 bypoll following her acquittal in the disproportionate assets case.

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