Angalane blames CM for not keeping his promise of including people of his constituency for old age pension
Just a few weeks after a group of ruling All India NR Congress MLAs registered their strong protest against the “non fulfilment of promises” given to the electorate, one of the dissident MLAs observed a day-long flash fast against the government here on Monday, thereby embarrassing the 30-month-old N. Rangasamy government.
Besides criticising Welfare Minister P. Rajavelu and officials of Child and Women Development, P. Angalane, representing Thirubuvanai constituency, blamed Chief Minister N. Rangasamy for failing to keep his promise given to him on inclusion of Old Age Pension beneficiaries of his constituency in the new OAP list.
The MLA, who came to the office of Child and Women Development around 11am, unexpectedly sat in front of the Director Meenakumari’s chamber on the second floor. Upon hearing the news, she came out and met the agitating MLA. He told her that he was observing fast against the “indifferent attitude towards his constituency” by her office and the Welfare Department.
He complained that the people of his constituency were not included when the first round of OAP list was prepared. The same treatment was meted out to him in the ongoing preparation of about 6000 OAPs. Though he brought up the issue to the Minister on several occasions, he didn’t give a proper reply.
He asserted that he would give up the fast only when his demands were accepted. Though Ms. Meenakumari requested him to withdraw the agitation, he refused to budge.
The agitation went on till 5pm. The Director, who returned after meeting the Minister, told him that his demands would be accepted before November 15.
Mr. Rajavelu also spoke to him over phone and promised to look into his demands. Following this, Mr. Angalane wound up the fast.
Speaking to The Hindu he said he was not worried whether his fast would cause embarrassment to the ruling government. He didn’t have an option except to fight for the people of his constituency, who voted him. There could be nothing wrong for highlighting the people’s problem.
His constituency was his priority than the government.
He added that he would stage protest again with the people of his constituency if his demands were not met.