DMK chief MK Stalin sounded the poll bugle for next year’s Tamil Nadu assembly elections saying he will start campaigning from first week of January 2021 and that his party will win 200 out of 234 seats. On the party’s ‘Mission 200’, Stalin told his party officials that though 117 seats are required to win, it’s still not enough as the DMK should have a record victory.
Stalin asked DMK workers to campaign in villages on the theme ‘We are rejecting AIADMK’ and that they should see to it that all ministers of the AIADMK contesting the elections are defeated. He said his party workers should highlight the failures of the AIADMK government in the villages and also pass resolutions at the village meetings rejecting the AIADMK.
Stalin said the DMK should win for the sixth time, adding that winning the sixth time in the state will be equal to the earlier five victories.
He claimed the campaign ‘Towards the Dawn Stalin’s Voice’ by 20 party leaders and his video meetings on the theme ‘Rescue Tamil Nadu’ are receiving good response from the people.
Stalin alleged that the central government headed by the BJP and the state government led by AIADMK have influenced the media that is publishing negative news about the DMK. He also said that the AIADMK has money power.
Without naming anyone, Stalin said pressure is being exerted on people to float a party to oppose DMK. He said such attacks are not new for the party and that people’s mind should be seeded with the thought that the past 10 years of the AIADMK rule has gone waste. He told party officials: “They should think voting for the AIADMK is a shameful act.”
The 2021 elections is crucial for both the Dravidians majors – DMK and ADMK – since this will be the first state election since the deaths of party stalwarts M Karunanidhi (of DMK) and J Jayalalithaa (AIADMK), both former chief ministers.