Sonia shedding crocodile tears for TN fishermen: Jaya

20 April 2014 04:32 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Launching a blistering attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the first time during the current electioneering, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today charged her with shedding crocodile tears for Tamil Nadu fishermen on poll eve.

"Sonia Gandhi is shedding crocodile tears for fishermen during elections after doing everything against Tamil fishermen and in favour of the Sri Lankan government," Jayalalithaa said at an election rally in Chennai.

Stating that the Congress chief had accused her regime of not showing concern over the fishermen issue and that Centre was behind the bilateral talks between Sri Lanka and India on the matter, she said there was not an iota of truth in it.

Gandhi had at her recent rally in Kanyakumari slammed the Jayalalithaa government, virtually charging it with adopting a lethargic approach to the initiative taken by UPA on fishermen level talks to end the frequent attacks on the state's fishermen.

Slamming Gandhi for her claim that the Congress regime had arranged the talks on the issue of fishermen between India and Lanka, she called it a "fraud" and claimed that it was her government which had accomplished release of all TN fishermen before the commencement of talks.

"Fishermen will not buy the argument that the AIADMK government had not shown concern over the issue," she said.

Asking if any step was taken to stop training to Lankan military personnel whose "wont was to harass" Tamil fishermen, she listed several fishermen-related issues, including subsidy for boats, to target the Congress-led UPA.

"Sonia Gandhi is now showering concern on fishermen during polls for votes...Has she ever spoken a word about this (fishermen issue) anywhere including Parliament before?, Jayalalithaa asked.

Referring to the Centre's stand in the Supreme Court on the Katchatheevu case instituted by her that the islet was not part of India, she asked if this was the concern Congress had for the fishermen. "Is this not against the fishermen?"

Demanding to know if the Congress regime had taken measures to find a permanent solution to the problems of the state's fishermen, she wanted Gandhi to explain as to why the Centre had not sent details on the outcome of bilateral fishermen level talks held in 2011 despite the state's request.

Responding to the DMK's accusation that her government was blocking all projects brought during Karunanidhi's regime, Jayalalithaa said only "DMK's selfish projects" detrimental to the people were scuttled and not welfare schemes.

She said only GAIL's gas pipeline, methane extraction and Sethusamudram projects were halted.

Stating that the GAIL project would deprive the farmers of their livelihood in seven districts including Erode, she alleged that it was a project that would "fetch commission" for the DMK leadership.

She also alleged that the methane project was a scheme that would "fill the suitcases" of DMK men.

Reiterating that the Sethu project was a destructive plan, she said it would also lead to environmental degradation besides depriving the fishermen of their livelihood.

"M K Alagiri has spoken that he was aware of the money siphoned off by T R Baalu in the Golden Quadrilateral Project besides the wrongs committed in the Sethu project. Karunanidhi should respond to this," she said.

On the Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated expressway, she said her government was for the project with certain changes to prevent inundation. (Out Look India)
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  • some Monday, 21 April 2014 05:11 AM

    Jayalalitha is blaming others to cover her fraud and corruption

    Chennaiamma Monday, 21 April 2014 11:12 AM

    Sonia Amma, oya andanawa oyagey es rathu wenawa, balasitina matath endanawa seems to the theme. via DM iPad app

    ANTON Monday, 21 April 2014 06:15 AM

    INDIAN WOMEN ARE VERY FAMOUS FOR CRYING, I HAVE SEEN IT IN INDIAN MOVIES.

    lal Monday, 21 April 2014 06:37 AM

    There is nothing to talk with TN fishermen, except tell them that they are not wanted in Sri Lankan waters, Land or Sky. Just keep away!

    Mason Monday, 21 April 2014 07:12 AM

    One crocodile to another. It is a case of pot calling the kettle black. Both are play acting.

    Public Monday, 21 April 2014 08:37 AM

    If Jaya claims that Sonia is shedding crocodile tears then what tears does she shed? Artificial tears provided by kollywood cinema?

    SL Monday, 21 April 2014 09:06 AM

    Not only Snonia, you too are shedding crocadile tears. No genuine person cries for someone's rights and the steal their luvelyhood. via DM Android App

    Malij Monday, 21 April 2014 09:22 AM

    We must get Minister Mervyn to send a proposal to her.


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