BJP not a challenger, fight’s between DMK and AIADMK: Kanimozhi, DMK leader

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DMK leader and MP Kanimozhi says
the elections will likely be a straight contest
between her occasion and AIADMK
and that the precedence for DMK is to carry
again investments into the state.
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You have launched an elaborate manifesto. If the DMK involves energy, what would be the prime priorities?

The most essential factor is to carry investments into the state, and be sure that there’s industrial development and improvement, in order that employment is generated. The different is to make agriculture extra sustainable and defend the farmers’ curiosity — and we are going to proceed to oppose the brand new farm legal guidelines.

What are your feedback on the battle between AIADMK and BJP over CAA?

I don’t perceive the battle. You (AIADMK) assist it in Parliament when the invoice is being handed, and simply because elections are across the nook you abruptly realise it’s not going to go down nicely with the individuals and you say you’ll insist on repealing it. If you actually didn’t need the invoice to be handed, you may have voted in opposition to it. It positively reveals double requirements.

The BJP goes all out to broaden its attain in a state the place, traditionally, it hasn’t had a vital presence. Does the DMK see it as a main challenger?

No, not in any respect. The combat is between AIADMK and DMK. Of course, we see that AIADMK’s is a proxy authorities and that BJP is pushing its agenda via them. People are resisting that.


Last time, Chennai voted overwhelmingly for DMK. What are your expectations from this election?

Chennai has all the time been a fort of DMK. We will do very nicely once more this time.

Anything particular you’ll be doing for the town in the event you return to energy?

I believe we will begin with one thing as primary as repairing the roads. That hasn’t been performed in any respect. We have to make sure that the town is ready to face floods if it occurs once more.

Do you see the present election as a do-or-die battle for the DMK, after 10 years out of energy?

It’s not a do-or-die election for the occasion. But it’s positively a do-or-die battle for the state. We have been sliding on all indicators, whether or not it’s empowering ladies or human rights, and even in state well being indicators. Tamil Nadu used to steer, particularly in human improvement indices. All that must be introduced again on observe.

There have been some voices in opposition to giving a seat to Udhayanidhi, Stalin’s son. Isn’t the occasion anxious?

He had utilized for the ticket and it was a unanimous resolution by occasion leaders to offer him a seat and enable him to contest. I don’t assume there’s any dissent throughout the occasion on that.

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