“For the past so many years, Tamil Nadu has only seen corruption, corruption and corruption… there is a race to the bottom between the two, as if they are fighting for a certificate in corruption”, Goyal said while blaming DMK and AIADMK of “ruining” the state in their respective rules.
He was rushed to a government hospital but was declared brought dead, police said, adding the cause of the death would be known only after post-mortem.
Meanwhile, AIADMK leader and chief minister Ms Jayalalithaa at Thanjavur this evening charged the previous UPA regime and the present BJP government at the Centre of not forming the Cauvery Management Board and Water Regulatory Authority as directed by the Tribunal.
Calling Karunanidhi’s promise to introduce prohibition if voted to power a “social reform measure”, she said the public demand for a liquor ban was so strong that even the AIADMK had made a decision to review its position on the issue.
He lauded Modi for ensuring India’s dignity in the world and said the country’s economy was on the growth path which has been acknowledged by domestic and global credit rating agencies.
Modi, who expressed joy on being informed that he was the “first” Prime Minister to visit this part of Tamil Nadu, thanked the crowd for turning up to “bless” him and the party candidates. Mr Modi said Central government had taken steps to secure the release of Tamil fishermen lodged in Lankan jail.
He said fishermen would also be encouraged to cultivate sea weed that is finding use in the pharma sector.
Singh pointed out that Modi rushed to Chennai during the deluge last December and extending a Rs 2,000 crore relief package to drive home his point that the BJP was committed to the welfare of the state.
While five candidates face murder charges, 30 are battling charges of attempt to murder and eight candidates have cases related to crime against women, the Tamil Nadu Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in a statement.
Karunanidhi said his party’s alliance with the Congress was deep and based on mutual understanding.
He appealed to the people to vote for BJP in the May 16 assembly elections to have a transparent, corruption-free governance.