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