The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has no plans to focus its legislative election campaign on debunking the "divinity" of late dictator Chiang Kai-shek (
Rather, the DPP will base its appeal on reclaiming the assets stolen by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) during its 55 years of rule, said Hsieh Hsin-ni (
The DPP will also use the fact that the KMT has "irrationally" blocked a number of important bills in the legislature over the years, she said.
Hsieh made the remarks in response to a report by the Chinese-language United Evening News which said on Friday that high-ranking DPP officials had decided to run an "anti-Chiang" campaign in the run-up to the Jan. 12 legislative elections.
Hsieh, who is also a legislator, said the DPP would list the bills blocked by the KMT and also detail the "unjustifiable" bills the party has proposed in the legislature.
Recent DPP TV ads have featured the line: "However barbaric the KMT is, it should not block bills that are beneficial to the welfare of the people."
The KMT has blocked several major bills, including a budget bill for flood prevention projects and several of the DPP government's annual budgets, Hsieh said.
Hsieh said the KMT had hindered the country's progress and slowed the growth of the economy. She said the DPP would raise funds to produce more TV commercials targeting the KMT.
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