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May 11, 2009

Cable tv operators to work against ruling party

Left in the lurch by the government, the cable TV operators under the state-owned Arasu Cable Corporation have decided to work against the ruling party across Tamil Nadu in the May 13 Lok Sabha polls.

The corporation was started by the government with the approval of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to end the monopoly of Sumangali Cable Vision, a multi-system operator, after its owners fell out with DMK and its leadership, sources in cable TV operators' association said here.Majority of the cable TV operators had switched over to the corporation and invested substantial amount.

However, later there was a patch-up between the 'families' and as a result "the corporation lost its utility and is now almost defunct," the sources claimed.The membership of corporation, which soared to six-digit in two months decreased to three-digit, they claimed.Stating that the cable tv operators, who had invested in the Arasu Cable Corporation by pledging gold and other articles, were literally out of jobs and funds, the sources said they would work for the defeat of the ruling party across the state.

Similar was the case of more than 25,000 industries in the district, which were reeling under severe power shortage. Though there was no power cut in the last 10 days, perhaps due to polls, industry sources warned large scale protest against the government and elected representative from the region, if the power cut continued after the polls.

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