AIADMK declares candidates list for Lok Shabha Elections…..

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Setting the stage for Lok Sabha elections battle in Tamilnadu, AIADMK general secretary and Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today named her party’s candidates for Lok Sabha elections in all 40 constituencies (39 in Tamilnadu and one in Puducherry).
She, however, said that some of the contestants would be withdrawn after talks with alliance partners, the CPI(M) and the CPI, came to an end.
On her 66th birthday today, Jayalalithaa arrived at the party headquarters at Royapettah here and accepted wishes from the AIADMK members. Later, she met the media and released the party’s candidates list. She also said she would make a whirlwind tour of Tamilnadu to campaign for the elections, from 3 March to 5 April.
Expressing hope that the alliance led by her would emerge victorious in all 40 seats, she said that her sole focus would be to win these seats in the State. She also said that the present alliance (AIADMK + CPI(M) + CPI) was enough at this point of time.
When a reporter pointed out that she had released her party’s candidates list when even national parties like the Congress and the BJP were struggling to complete the task, the Chief Minister said, ‘you better ask this question to them.’
She said ‘Peace, Prosperity, Progress’ would be her party’s slogan for the Lok Sabha elections. ‘Our manifesto is getting prepared. It will be released very soon,’ she said.
She said her birthday message to the people of Tamilnadu is ‘Cooperate with us to ensure peace, prosperity and progress’.
When a journalist pointed out that the Centre was set to unveil a special package for Seemandhra region and wanted to know whether she would renew her demand for such a package for Tamilnadu, Jayalalithaa said, ‘the government is on the way out. We will look into it when a new government is formed in the Centre, probably in June.’
On Central government’s opposition to her government’s move to release Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts, she said, ‘The State government will counter it in the Supreme Court. Our stand will be informed to the Court through the Counsel. Everything can’t be disclosed at a media meet.’

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