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Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections | DMK, Congress against empowering women: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meeting as part of election campaign in Dharapuram, on March 30, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress will not guarantee women empowerment as “insulting women” is a part of the culture of these two parties, alleged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election meeting in Dharapuram on Tuesday. 

Without naming DMK MP A. Raja, whose allegedly derogatory remarks on the “birth” of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami caused a stir recently, he said that the DMK and the Congress had launched “their outdated 2G missile” targeting the women of the State. 

“I want to tell the Congress and DMK: the people of Tamil Nadu are noting everything. They will never tolerate [an] insult to the women of the State,” Mr. Modi said, warning both the Opposition parties to “control” their leaders. 

Urging people never to forget March 25, 1989, when he said the DMK mistreated then Leader of Opposition Jayalalithaa in the Legislative Assembly, he claimed that the party might insult “many other women of Tamil Nadu” if elected to power. The “anti-women mindset” of the Opposition parties is not restricted to Tamil Nadu, he claimed, citing the recent death of the mother of a BJP worker in West Bengal after an alleged attack by the “goons” from the Trinamool Congress. He said the Congress or DMK had not condemned this. 

“We in the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) are inspired by the thoughts and ideals of the great Andal and Avvaiyar. We believe that the progress of society is not complete without empowerment of women,” Mr. Modi asserted. He cited schemes such as increasing toilet coverage under Swachh Bharat, distribution of LPG connections under the Ujjwala Yojana, and maternity benefit distribution under the Pradhan Mantri Matri Vandana Yojana, which were introduced by the Central government for the welfare of women. 

Mr. Modi assured that setting up of a defence industrial corridor and a toy cluster to manufacture “top quality toys for the world” will benefit many in the State. The Central government has sanctioned ₹14,000 crore for the 3.5 lakh micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) units in the State and has “initiated reforms that will free small farmers from middlemen,” he said. 

Mr. Modi addressed the audience in English as BJP Mahila Morcha leader and Coimbatore South Assembly constituency candidate Vanathi Srinivasan translated his speech into Tamil. 

Beginning his speech with chants of “Vetrivel Veeravel,” he described Dharapuram as one of the oldest cities in the State, which had produced personalities such as Tiruppur Kumaran and Dheeran Chinnamalai. He mentioned that the people of Dharapuram are “eagerly awaiting a rail link” and that the Central government is “positively looking at that demand”. 

He appealed to the electorate to vote for NDA candidates, including the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Paattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in the Assembly election. 

AIADMK coordinator O. Panneerselvam and co-coordinator Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) leader G.K. Vasan and BJP State president and Dharapuram (Reserved) constituency candidate L. Murugan also addressed the gathering. 

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