CM calls upon cadre to re­peat 2014 vic­tory

‘Party can have a say in choos­ing PM’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Chief Min­is­ter and AIADMK co-co­or­di­na­tor Edap­padi K.Palaniswami on Satur­day asked cadre to re­peat the party’s 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions vic­tory.

At a pub­lic meet­ing here on Satur­day, he said, “The cadre should rise to the oc­ca­sion and en­sure that all the can­di­dates put up by the party in the 39 Lok Sabha con­stituen­cies emerge vic­to­ri­ous in the [2019] Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. If this can be achieved, like what Amma had achieved in the last Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the per­son iden­ti­fied by the AIADMK can only be­come the Prime Min­is­ter.”

Fur­ther, such a vic­tory would give the AIADMK the power and author­ity to as­sert the rights of the State over the is­sues con­cern­ing the wel­fare of the peo­ple, he said, re­call­ing how the gov­ern­ment has achieved vic­tory in cru­cial is­sues like Jal­likattu, Cau­very Man­age­ment Board and the Mul­laperi­yar.

Dis­misses DMK claim

He rub­bished the DMK’s claim that he was favour­ing his rel­a­tives in award­ing con­tracts. In truth, the DMK fol­lowed sin­gle ten­der sys­tem in both the PWD and High­ways De­part­ments and the court cases would prove that, he said.

B. VELANKANNI RAJ ■

Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami in Kancheep­u­ram on Satur­day.

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