Corruption has reached its pinnacle under AIADMK rule: Amit Shah

A DETERMINED BID:BJP president Amit Shah greets the crowd at the venue of a public meeting in Tiruchi on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M. MOORTHY  

Claiming that corruption has peaked in the State under the AIADMK regime, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Wednesday called upon the electorate to oust the government and give a decisive mandate for development this time.

The AIADMK government would be on top in the country if there was a competition for corruption, Mr. Amit Shah alleged while launching the campaign of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) here.

Launching a tirade against the AIADMK government, Mr. Shah said it was not extending support for the scheme of mixing ethanol with petrol when many State governments were cooperating with the Centre. The scheme would benefit sugarcane growers as it would fetch more price for their produce. By not cooperating with the Centre on this issue, the AIADMK government was only “betraying” the people of the State, Mr. Shah alleged.

Alleging that the DMK and the Congress were steeped in corruption, he urged the electorate to throw out both the Dravidian parties.

Mr. Shah called upon voters to elect a corruption-free regime this time which he claimed would be provided by the BJP-headed NDA government.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to develop Tamil Nadu. Hence, we need a new government in the State that can strengthen the hands of Mr. Modi,” he said.

Union Minister for Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar alleged that both Dravidian parties had business interests in liquor and allowed illegal sand mining.

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal alleged that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was unconcerned about the problems faced by the people of Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister had become nervous and was trying to defend herself, especially after he made public the fact that she had not given time to meet him to discuss Central schemes.

Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan, BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao, State president Tamilisai Soundarrajan, Indiya Jananayaka Katchi founder Pachamuthu and leaders of allies spoke.

The BJP-headed NDA alliance candidates were assembled in separate stages at the poll meeting.

Earlier addressing a press conference, Mr. Shah alleged that the “non-cooperation” by the State government was preventing the benefits of Central schemes from reaching the people of Tamil Nadu. The Centre had launched many development schemes, but was finding it difficult to implement them in Tamil Nadu, he said. “Tamil Nadu could not benefit from schemes such as the UDAY, the Prime Minister’s Bhima Yojana and Mudra Yojana,” he said.

Asked about the rebuttal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that neither the State nor the people would benefit from the UDAY scheme, Mr. Shah deflected the question to Mr. Goyal.

Maintaining that the Chief Minister’s explanation was “baseless and false,” Mr. Goyal said every power consumer stood to benefit from the scheme. It did not have a single provision that would affect consumers, he added.

“Due to the arrogance of the State government, I was not allowed to meet the Chief Minister. I sent a team headed by a Joint Secretary to address their concerns. Yet, the State government did not respond,” he said.

Fishermen issue

Mr.Shah maintained that since the NDA government came to power, firings and attacks against Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy had stopped.

On the Cauvery issue, he favoured a consensus as it was a multi-state issue.

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