Tamil Nadu Bureau
They seek issuance of new ration cards to all applicants, besides streamlining domestic cooking gas supply
THENI: Cadres of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Friday took out protest rallies and staged demonstrations at all taluk headquarters in Dindigul and Theni districts.
They sought issuance of new ration cards to all applicants, besides streamlining the supply of domestic cooking gas. They said that the Government must act immediately to prevent smuggling of ration rice and other essential commodities.
Addressing a demonstration meeting against the State Government in Theni, the former PWD Minister, O. Paneerselvam, said that the State Government led by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party "had failed on all fronts."
"It could not even check rise in the prices of essential commodities. Many welfare schemes beneficial to people were on paper only."
New ration cards had been issued to 1.88 crore applicants by the previous Government led by the AIADMK. In addition to that, 40,000 cards were given to applicants who did not receive cards in the first phase. Lakhs of applications for new ration cards had been still pending with Government. But nothing had been done, he said.
Earlier, the party men took out a rally, which started from the Nehru statue and ended at the Theni taluk office. Crowd was poor in Theni, Uthamapalayam and Bodinaicakanur and moderate in Periakulam and Andipatti taluks.
"The DMK Government had made false announcements and did not execute any people welfare scheme," said K.A. Sengottaiyan, AIADMK leader.
Earlier, 500 party men took part in the rally, which started from the Clock Tower and reached the Dindigul taluk office where they staged a demonstration.
Similar rallies and demonstrations were organised at Palani, Athoor, Oddanchatram, Nilakottai, Vedasandur and Natham taluks.
Over 1,300 cadres participated in demonstrations held in front of eight taluk offices in the district.
The party district secretary, K.K. Sivasamy, and the MP, Gokula Indira, participated in the demonstration held in Virudhunagar. The MLA, M. Chandra, led the protest in Rajapalayam.
The cadres staged a demonstration here. Led by the former Minister, `Thalavai' Sundaram, they raised slogans urging the Government to bring down prices of various commodities.
The party men held protest demonstrations in front of six taluk offices in the district. Nearly 1,100 cadres participated.
More than 1,000 cadres participated in the demonstrations held in front of seven taluk offices. P. Rajarathinam, MGR Manram State secretary, led the protest here.