Chennai,When she wound up her campaign in South Chennai constituency this evening, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa ended her her 50-day whirlwind campaign tour for the April 24 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. covering the entire state seeking votes for her party's candidates in all 39 constituencies.
Amma kicked off her campaign in the temple town of Kanchipuram on March 3 when leaders of other political parties were still firming up their alliances and selecting candidates.Ms Jayalalithaa's helicopter hops to campaign venues and her refrain at the end of each rally 'Seiveergala Seiveergala' to the audience (will you vote as I urged you) attracted attendion. Her election meetings also drew huge crowds, reportedly. 'From Kanchipuram in the north of Tamilnadu to Kanyakumari in the south, we can sense a strong support wave to our leader and the candidates named by her' an AIADMK functionary claimed.Lambasting the Congress for having done little for Tamil Nadu during two terms of UPA and then the BJP even as her 'good friend' and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was himslef campaigning in Tamil Nadu, Ms Jayalalithaa sought to win the confidence of voters by promsing them more develoment schemes, in every constituency she campaigned. The main point of her election addresses was,,though, polinting out the alleged corruption indulged in by union cabinet minisers in UPA government from Tamil Nadu representing her archrival DMK. She also fired sharp salvos against DMK supemo M Karunanidhi, who also pointed out the alleged non--performance of the ruling AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu. Her sharp attacks were beefed up by statistics and proof. She urged the voters to think well on whom to vote.
Keen on her party playing a key role in a post-poll scenario at in New Delhi, the 66-year-old Ms Jayalalithaa listed out alleged betrayal' of Congress and DMK and strongly hit out against them on isses ranging from national security to Sri Lankan Tamils and fishermen attacks issues, not to fortet price rise under the two successive UPA regimes.Prediectably, Ms Jayalalitghaa's criticism of Congress and later BJP which she criticised by charging Gujarat develoment (under Mr Modi) was just a myth, was omters[ersed with highlights of the achievements of her three-year-old governemnt in the state.