Chief Minister N.Rangasamy arrived here with Minister for Agriculture Chandrakasu for the swearing-in ceremony of the chairman of Karaikal Marketing Society, on Wednesday.

Minister Chandrakasu, addressing the media on the sidelines of the event, said that the State government would provide 60 litres diesel subsidy for 2 hectares to farmers, in a move to address the shortage of water for cultivation. The diesel subsidy was to encourage farmers to use pumpsets for cultivation.

However, the event and the attendance have raised eyebrows here with the model code of conduct currently in force in view of the civic body elections.

When contacted, District Election Officer and Collector J.Ashok Kumar said that there was no official communication on the Chief Minister’s arrival, and that it was in his personal capacity.

On Agriculture Minister’s announcement of diesel subsidy, Mr.Ashok Kumar said that if any complaint was received regarding the interview, action would be taken.