Launches works worth C8,451 cr, dis­trib­utes as­sis­tance, an­nounces more projects worth C3,482 cr

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - @ Dharmapuri

Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami hand­ing out a tro­phy to a win­ner of a sports event held as part of AIADMK founder MGR’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in Dharmapuri on Fri­day

THE Op­po­si­tion party will al­ways try to be the fault­finder, but there is noth­ing to fault with the gov­ern­ment that was fol­low­ing the foot­steps of the late party leader and for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Jay­alalithaa, said Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami, while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the MGR cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion held at Gov­ern­ment Arts Col­lege on Sat­ur­day.

With­out tak­ing names, he pointed out that the DMK, de­spite not be­ing able to do any­thing good for the peo­ple of the State dur­ing its five terms, was con­stantly crit­i­cis­ing the gov­ern­ment. Even MGR was not able to es­cape such an at­ti­tude from the Op­po­si­tion par­ties, he re­called.

In 1980, when a cop was killed in Dharmapuri dur­ing in an anti­nax­alite move­ment, op­po­si­tion par­ties wanted the gov­ern­ment to be dis­solved, cit­ing law and or­der is­sue. How­ever, the then chief min­is­ter MGR took part in the cop’s fu­neral and pro­vided so­latium to the be­reaved fam­ily, con­trary to the ex- pec­ta­tions of the op­po­si­tion and the public, he nar­rated.

The chief min­is­ter also had an in­ter­est­ing anal­ogy for TTV Dhi­nakaran and his fac­tion, par­tic­u­larly Pap­pired­di­patti MLA P Pala­niap­pan.

A flower which takes the wind’s word to leave its tree may find it­self float­ing all over. How­ever, the minute the wind slows, the flower has to fall to the ground, where it will die. Sim­i­larly, peo­ple may leave, but that would not hurt the party. The trai- tors, how­ever, have to come to an end af­ter a pe­riod of ‘fly­ing in the air’, said Edap­padi.

Speak­ing about dengue prevention mea­sures, the chief min­is­ter said that the gov­ern­ment was func­tion­ing on war foot­ing and al­lo­cated `23.5 crore for the works. Around 837 cell coun­ters have been pro­vided to gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals, he added.

Since the start of his term in Fe­bru­ary, the chief min­is­ter has in­au­gu­rated `8, 451 crore worth projects and laid foun­da­tion stone for `3,482 crore worth works.

Dur­ing the pro­gramme, he dis­trib­uted `182. 99 crore worth of ben­e­fits to 25, 596 ben­e­fi­cia­ries, in­au­gu­rated build­ings worth `1,044. 87 crore and laid foun­da­tion for 20 works of school ed­u­ca­tion, co­op­er­a­tive, rev­enue de­part­ment worth `29. 44 crore for Dharmapuri dis­trict.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam, who also spoke dur­ing the oc­cas­sion, said that with the sup­port of MGR and J Jay­alalithaa’s soul would help re­trieve the Two Leaves party sym­bol in a day or two.


Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing at Gov­ern­ment Arts Col­lege grounds in Dharmapuri on Sat­ur­day |

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