AIADMK district secretaries meet to discuss preparations for Lok Sabha poll

Updated - January 10, 2024 11:28 am IST

Published - January 09, 2024 07:21 pm IST - Chennai

The AIADMK’s district secretaries met at the party headquarters in Chennai for about an hour on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the Lok Sabha election. 

Party general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who chaired the meeting, advised his colleagues to ensure that AIADMK supporters were not left out of the electoral rolls. Mr. Palaniswami was also said to have asked them to ensure that the right persons were deployed at the polling booths.

The timing of the meeting aroused curiosity as BJP leader and Union Minister for Commerce Piyush Goyal, during his visit to the city on Monday, reiterated the BJP’s non-committal stance vis à vis the AIADMK, which had been saying that it would not have any truck with the national party, not only for the Lok Sabha election but also for the 2026 Assembly poll. But “it was a routine meeting”, a senior office-bearer of the AIADMK said.

When asked whether the party would send its delegates to Ayodhya to take part in the consecration of the Ram temple later this month, D. Jayakumar, AIADMK organisation secretary, said that the party [leadership] would take a decision. 

Referring to Chief Minister M.K. Stalin’s announcement that the latest edition of the Global Investors Meet (GIM) had attracted investment proposals to the tune of around ₹6.64 lakh crore with the potential of generating 27 lakh jobs, Mr. Jayakumar wondered what happened to the DMK’s assurance on employment generation during the 2021 Assembly election. “They [the DMK regime] are yet to fill even 3.5 lakh vacancies in the government,” he said. 

Later in the day, Mr. Palaniswami, in a message on his social media handle, welcomed the Supreme Court quashing the orders releasing 11 men convicted for the heinous gang-rape and murder of several members of a family during the Gujarat pogrom in 2002.

Meanwhile, AMMK general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran, in a statement, said after the DMK came to power, no improvement seemed to have taken place with regard to infrastructure,  single window clearance, uninterrupted power supply and land allotment. If the required infrastructure had not been made available, the memoranda of understanding signed during the GIM would remain only on paper. That there was no mention of giving preference to youngsters of the State in jobs to be created through project proposals covered under the MoU had disappointed the youth.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.