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Earmarks Rs.7 lakh for renovating 10 temples at Vriddhachalam

CUDDALORE: The actor turned politician A. Vijayakant, MLA, has said that he would take up renovation of temples at Vriddhachalam in a phased manner.

Addressing newsmen at Vriddhachalam on Friday, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) founder said there were 100 temples in the Assembly segment, and to start with he had earmarked Rs.7 lakh from his funds for renovating 10 temples during this year.

He had given away Rs.25,000 to renovate a mosque and another Rs.25,000 to the Danish Mission School. He had duly spent last year's allocation of Rs 1.20 crore under the MLA Local Area Development Scheme on improving basic amenities.

For the current year he would decide on the works in consultation with District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo. He continued to get a slew of petitions from the people seeking roads and other basic amenities.

Lack of cooperation

When asked about the cooperation from the officials, Mr. Vijayakant said it was either lukewarm or nil. For instance, none of the Block Development Officers turned out on Friday. Though he had met thrice Chief Minister M. Karuananidhi, and Ministers nothing tangible had been done so far.

However, he acknowledged the fact that he was getting invitations for official functions, but he had made it a point to attend them only after fulfilling requirements in his constituency. He said that he was not against the Government but against injustice. Expressing satisfaction over the growth of his party, he said if the elections were held in a fair manner, the outcome would be favourable to his party.

Regarding the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, he said that the expectations of delta farmers should be fulfilled.