Jayalalithaa breaks up with Third Front
Days before the Lok Sabha elections, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has decided to break up with the Third Front, said reports on Thursday.
"Jayalalithaa decided to part ways with the Third Front after the two Left parties, which contested three seats each in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, refused to compromise on numbers. The AIADMK never went beyond offering them more than one seat each," reported CNN-IBN.
"While the AIADMK is expected to win 15-23, the DMK 7-13, Congress 1-5 and others may bag 4-10 seats according to the projections provided by Chennai Mathematical Institute's Director Professor Rajeeva Karandikar," said the news channel.
On Feb 25, Jayalalithaa unveiled her party manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Among many pledges, Jayalalithaa promised to raise the income tax exemption limit to Rs 5 lakh, change the mechanism for petrol and diesel pricing and work to make sure India gets a permanent seat in the Security Council.
"We have spelt out many policies and promises to implement many schemes and aims not only for the development of Tamil Nadu but also for the progress of the entire nation," Jayalalithaa told reporters.
Pertinently, ahead of her 66th birthday on Feb 24, Jayalalithaa issued a statement where she hinted at her prime ministerial aspirations.
"I have a vision for India in which Tamil Nadu will play a key role, a vision of a resurgent India, a nation with an inclusive society and open markets, a nation of enterprise and creativity driven by knowledge and shaped by family values," said Jayalalithaa in a statement.
"A nation of growth with equity, a nation with peace, stability and development, a modern, secular and prosperous India. I want to assure you all that this day is not far," she said.
(Posted on 06-03-2014)