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Anti-Dravidian mood will help People Welfare Front: Yechury
The People’s Welfare Front (PWF) has emerged as a “strong alternative” to the two major Dravidian parties, DMK and AIADMK, which “deserve punishment for corruption,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury has said.
“The Dravidian parties, which were ruling Tamil Nadu in turns for more than four decades, deserve punishment for their blunders and corruption. People are unhappy with the largescale corruption of both the parties and their leaders are facing criminal cases,” said Yechury, who inaugurated the PWF state conference here on Tuesday. “People think they have suffered enough, but were wondering what is the alternative. That alternative has emerged now,” the CPM leader said.
Regarding implementation of total prohibition in the state, he said, “It is possible if the tax concessions to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore being given to the big industrial houses are withdrawn to compensate for the revenue loss. We can implement total prohibition not only in TN but in the entire country.”
CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said that he expected more parties to join the Front accepting its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), which include closing of liquor shops.
CPI National Secretary D Raja said, “We have formed this alliance because we thought differently and wanted a different path to solve the problems of Tamil Nadu.”
VCK leader Thirumavalavan said that the DMK had emerged as a force in the state in 1967 as people were not satisfied with the Congress rule then. “A same kind of frustration with the Dravidian parties exists now. People are angry with the corrupt DMK and AIADMK. They are looking for a change and that is our strength. We will capture power,” he said.
MDMK leader Vaiko alleged that murders, robberies, violence against women and kids in the state during DMK and AIADMK regimes crossed several thousands.
“DMK had promised to bring total prohibition in Tamil Nadu in 1996, but did not keep its word during the 10 years it ruled the state. “Now they are making the same promise. How credible is it,” he questioned.
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