Competition for Power in AIADMK – Power Hunger in DMK –

BJP trying to enter by the back-door – People’s Issues ignored

CPI(M) to conduct ‘Meet the People’ campaign Feb 20 -25


Following the death of Jeyalalithaa, who had been the General Secretary of AIADMK and the Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, ADMK split into two factions, one under the leadership of Sasikala and the other of O.Panneerselvam. These groups entered into the competition to capture power in both the Party and the government. With Sasikala having gone to prison following the Supreme Court judgment in the Disproportionate Assets case, a Ministry has been formed under the leadership of Edappadi Palanisamy belonging to the Sasikala faction. A resolution seeking confidence in the new government has been passed in the Assembly.

In this session of the Assembly, events have taken place that had not occurred in the last thirty years and these have brought the state great shame. Against democratic practice, there were attacks on the Speaker, microphones and chairs were broken, documents torn up MLAs have sat in the Speaker’s chair and danced, and so on. These incidents have raised among the people of the state the question of whether the DMK behaved as a responsible opposition party. DMK wants people to believe that these actions were legitimate protests. Using the split in AIADMK on account of the competition for power, the BJP continues to try and misuse the powers of the governor in its desire to secure power illegitimately.


The loot of natural resources of manifested in the disappearance of granite hills, smuggling of mineral sands and the denuding of sands on the rivers beds continues, as does overflowing corruption at every level of the government bureaucracy. A situation prevails where nothing moves from top to bottom without a bribe being paid. DMK and AIADMK are together responsible for having nurtured these corrupt practices. These two parties have no concern for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu.

Very important issues facing the people of Tamil Nadu have been ignored on account of the struggle for power within the AIADMK, the DMK’s lust for power and the back door efforts of the BJP.

The suicides and deaths due to shock of the peasants, the shortage of drinking water throughout the state, migration due to drought, non-provision of employment under MNREGS, non-payment of wages for several months of those who had worked, denial of ration rice, intensifying unemployment in both rural and urban areas, the failure to obtain so far the assent of the President to the legislation exempting the state from NEET – all these issues have not been considered at all by the rulers.

In this situation, the CPI(M) has decided to conduct throughout the state ‘Meet the People’ campaign on several demands including the need to pay attention to urgent issues facing the people and democratic conduct of the Assembly. This campaign will be from February 20 to 25, 2017. On behalf of the CPI(M), we appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to participate in large numbers in the public meetings and street corner gatherings and other actions that form part of this campaign.


(Statement Issued by the Tamilnadu State Committee on February 20, 2017)