DMK president MK Stalin said that the present poll is not only for a change of governance but also to protect the self esteem of the state.He campaigned for Erode West DMK candidate S. Muthusamy, Modakkurichi DMK candidate Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, Perundurai DMK candidate KKC Balu, Erode East Congress candidate E. Thirumagan Evara, Namakkal district, Kumarapalayam constituency DMK candidate Venkatachalam at Chithodu, near Erode on Thursday.
The demand for the Kongu Velala Goundar community for inclusion in the list of backward class dates back to 1955 was met in 1975 by the DMK regime.
Similarly, it was during the DMK regime that the 3 per cent quota was given to the people of the Arundhatiyar community.
It was under the DMK rule that the penalty tax for agriculture was abolished, the Parambikulam-Azhiyaru project was implemented, the Athikkadavu-Avinashi project was implemented in phase 1 and phase 2, and the Cenvat tax, which caused the destruction of the textile industry, was abolished.
Erode Municipality was upgraded into a Corporation, UGD project in Erode Corporation, Perundurai Turmeric Merchant Complex, Texvalley in Chitodu Gangapuram, Agricultural University in Coimbatore, Siruvani Joint Drinking Water Project etc were brought by DMK rule.
Coimbatore has been upgraded at a cost of Rs. 300 crore during World Tamil Semmozhi conference by DMK rule.The adoption of the GST tax has paralyzed small and micro enterprises.
3 agricultural laws endangered agriculture. Ryots who opposed the 8-lane road project in Salem, IDPL oil pipelines projects were harassed.
The accused in the Pollachi sexual harassment case were protected. The Siruvani water project was handed over to private sector.
These kind of achievements causing much pain to the people were alone seen during the present regime.
At the same time, we have stated in the election manifesto what we will do if the DMK comes to power.
505 promises have been given in the DMK report. We have made promises including Government University in Erode, Law College, Agricultural College, Cancer Unit in Government Hospital,
Turmeric Export Center, Quality Assurance, General Purification Center, ESI Hospital in Erode, Pollan, Valvil Ori Memorials etc.
The present poll is not for a change of governance, but a chance to protect the self esteem and self respect of the state, he said.