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Karunanidhi takes strong exception to BJP demand

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Discussing a point: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi having a word with M. K. Stalin, Local Administration Minister, at a function in Tiruchi on Saturday.
Discussing a point: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi having a word with M. K. Stalin, Local Administration Minister, at a function in Tiruchi on Saturday.

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“They do not want DMK to get credit for Sethu project”

TIRUCHI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Saturday took strong exception to the Bharathiya Janata Party’s demand for dismissing the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government.

The BJP leaders, except former Prime Minister A.B. Vajyapee, were demanding the dismissal of the State Government for all its good work.

“Why are they seeking the dismissal of the government? Because we are supplying rice at Rs.2 a kilogram; we are providing free power supply to farmers and more importantly we have said that even Adi Dravidas could become archakas in temples. We have provided reservation for minorities. They can not tolerate Muslims and Christians coming up in life through better educational and employment opportunities,” he said referring to the BJP’s memorandum to the President.

“Above all, we are implementing the Sethusamudram project. They do not want Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the DMK to get the credit,” he said speaking at the function to mark the foundation stone laying and inauguration of various development schemes in the district here on Saturday. But the DMK’s popularity among the people was swelling by each day.

The Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin appealed to the people not to be misled by the agitations organised by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam claiming that the local bodies were not functioning properly. The party has staged a demonstration in Tiruchi too claiming that basic amenities have not been provided. During the past one-and-half years, Rs.184 crore had been allotted to the Tiruchi Corporation for various development schemes. But during the five years of AIADMK rule, the Corporation got only Rs.86 crore.

During the previous DMK regime, the Corporation was allotted Rs.104.58 crore, he said.

Rs.144-cr. water supply augmentation scheme

Referring to the Rs.144-crore drinking water supply augmentation scheme, one of the projects for which the foundation stone was laid on the occasion, Mr. Stalin said the Corporation Council had adopted a resolution on the subject only on September 20, the proposal was approved by the Department of Municipal Administration the next day and the Government Order was issued on September 25. The scheme will be completed within two years.

Transport Minister K.N. Nehru said that the scheme would provide copious water supply to the extension areas which were facing short-supply now.

The Mayor Sarubala R.Tondaiman appealed to the Chief Minister to increase the Government subsidy for the scheme to Rs.40 crore from Rs.25 crore.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stones for 314 development works worth Rs.215.82 crore and inaugurated 102 projects, executed at a cost of Rs.38.48 crores. Welfare assistance worth Rs.15.80 crore were also distributed to over 18,000 beneficiaries.

Forest Minister N.Selvaraj, MPs K.C.Palanisamy and N.Siva, MLAs Anbil Periasamy and M.Rajasekaran, Collector Ashish Vachhani, the Deputy Mayor M.Anbazhagan and the Corporation Commissioner T.T.Palsamy spoke.

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