Though popular, leaders would like to know whether people recognise them in person. M.K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister, who made a surprise visit to the nutritious noon meal centre at Don Bosco school complex at Mathakottai near here on Friday, asked the students whether they know him. “Who am I?” he asked the students. Pat came the reply: “We know you. We have seen you in television. You are the future Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.”

Mr. Stalin was overjoyed at the response and wanted to know whether they had any demands. He was told that there was a shortage of teachers for classes IX and X. He assured them that steps will be taken to appoint new teachers.

As he was told that there was no separate building for students to take their noon meals, Mr. Stalin asked S. S. Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for Finance, who accompanied him, to sanction a much needed fund from his local area development scheme for the construction of a building. He also advised officials to fence the Anganwadi building near the school as it was very near a tank. People complained that they had not received the free television and gas stove.

“As Mathakottai has a large population, free television sets will be given before March 2010,” Mr. Stalin said.

Earlier he visited the ration shop at Mathakottai Bank Employees Colony. People complained that they were not getting dal at the fag end of the month. Mr. Stalin advised officials to see that dal was supplied throughout the month. K.N. Nehru, Transport Minister also accompanied Mr. Stalin.