Karuna continues to flay Vision 2023 document

Chennai: Continuing with his criticism of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa`s Vision 2023 document, DMK president M Karunanidhi today wondered if there was a magic wand or lamp to ensure the Rs 15 lakh crore investment required for the initiative.

"The government had in its previous budget on August 4, 2011 said efforts were on to prepare the Vision 2025 document. Suddenly it has been changed as Vision 2023," Karunanidhi said in a statement.

"Does it keep in line with the Chief Minister`s numerological beliefs where the total sum works to seven, her lucky number", he asked.

Wondering if "there is a magic wand or lamp," to ensure the investment of Rs 15 lakh crore, he wanted to know where the money will come from. Citing an anecdote, he indicated that the project will not materialise.

Jayalalithaa had recently unveiled her government`s Vision 2023 document, envisaging a substantial hike in investment in various areas including infrastructure and upgrading the lifestyle and living standards of the people of the state by that year. Karunanidhi had cast doubts over it saying there were no adequate funds to implement it.

On the protests scheduled for April 9 and 15 against the ruling AIADMK`s "anti-people" policies including revision of power tariff, bus fares and "foisting" of cases against his partymen, he exhorted his supporters and people to turn up in good numbers to "sound a warning" to the AIADMK government.