Tamil Nadu

‘DMK trying to win through dubious means’

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami campaigning in Aravakurichi .

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami campaigning in Aravakurichi .  

How can Stalin act on public petitions when he’s not in power: CM

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday alleged that the DMK was trying to win the byelections through ‘dubious’ means and promises.

Canvassing for the AIADMK’s Aravakurichi candidate, V.V. Senthilnathan, at Venjamangudalur, Mr. Palaniswami said people had lost confidence in the DMK and were not ready to vote for the party. Noting that DMK president M.K. Stalin was trying to connect with the people by organising thinnai pracharam, receiving petitions and promising action on their grievances, he said, “This is nothing but an attempt to hoodwink the people. Is the DMK in power in the State to take action on the petitions? Mr. Stalin never visited villages to meet the people when he was the Deputy Chief Minister or a Minister. Now, he is enacting a drama.” Referring to DMK candidate V. Senthil Balaji’s promise of providing three cents of land to 25,000 poor and landless people in Aravakurichi, Mr. Palaniswami said that would require about 1,100 acres. “Where does he have such huge tracts of land? Mr. Stalin had echoed the promise and assured that he will extend the scheme to other districts. It was akin to the promise made by former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to provide two acres of land to the landless poor. The scheme remained on paper. The DMK is making dubious promises to get votes,” he said.

He said the DMK had blocked the AIADMK government's scheme of distributing ₹2,000 each to families living below the poverty line by petitioning the Election Commission. The DMK was continually blocking various welfare schemes by filing cases.

The CM said Mr. Stalin had levelled serious allegations against Mr. Balaji in 2013 when he was the Transport Minister. The allegations even appeared in the DMK's mouthpiece Murasoli. Now, Mr. Stalin was seeking votes for Mr. Balaji. Mr. Balaji had switched three parties in five years, and the voters should teach him a lesson, he said.

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