Tamil Nadu

AMMK cadre, except for Dhinakaran, welcome: CM

‘Invitation to this effect has already been extended’

Cadre and leaders from the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), except T.T.V. Dhinakaran, were most welcome to return to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and an invitation to this effect had already been extended to them, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisawami told newspersons on Thursday.

Mr. Palaniswami said that both him as well as the convenor of the party and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam had already extended the invitation to the parent body (party). This came in response to a question on moves by AMMK leaders to join other parties. Effective relief works in the four Cyclone Gaja-hit districts were progressing at a fast pace along with the disbursement of compensation to the affected people, the Chief Minister said.

A whopping 2.21 lakh electric poles, 1,600 transformers and 196 power sub-stations suffered severe damages in the cyclone-hit coastal districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Pudukottai.

Power restoration works had already been completed in majority of the areas, Mr. Palaniswami said, while speaking to presspersons at Edappadi near here.

The government will also take steps for the construction of one lakh houses to eligible affected people in these districts, shortly.

Relief flagged off

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami flagged off 30 tonnes of rice worth ₹15 lakh for Cyclone Gaja-hit Pudukottai district on Thursday. The rice stock was sponsored by the Chief Minister’s Edappadi Assembly constituency, in the Coimbatore rural district-unit of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

The Chief Minister flagged off two lorries from near the travellers’ bungalow in Edappadi town. Former Minister and MLA S. Semmalai, MP V. Panneer Selvam, and other leaders were present. A release said that the rural district-unit of the AIADMK had already sent relief material worth ₹1.5 crore to the cyclone-hit districts.

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