VELLORE: DMK treasurer Stalin’s two-day Namakku Naame Walkathon in Vellore district that ended on Wednesday has triggered a counter-campaign by the ruling AIADMK camp. According to party-insiders, a series of public meetings and mass campaigns are on the cards this month. Kick starting the public awareness campaign, Joint secretary of the party’s propaganda unit Nanjil Sampath addressed a massive public meeting at Ambur on Wednesday night in which he countered claims made by the opposition parties.
He said that the Global Investors Meet organised by the party supremo Jayalalithaa had created employment opportunities for over 10 lakh youth. The state would be receiving `2.42 lakh crore investment very soon. So far 6 lakh women have received marriage assistance and over 1,000 temples are offering Annadhanam to devotees on a daily basis. 72,000 teacher posts have been filled up and in order to address the scarcity and price hike of tur dal, the state government has launched sales of the dal at `110 per kg after importing `500 crore worth of dal.
“This government is very responsive and we urge the public not to believe false campaign by the opposition parties,” school education minister K C Veeramani pointed out in his address. He said that Jayalalithaa had rescued the state from the grip of family rule. When AIAMDK took over from DMK four-and-a-half years back, the state was reeling under `1.18 lakh crore debt. “The state was plunged into darkness and many of the schemes announced were not implemented,” he said adding, “we have set right this state and now all of you are enjoying the fruits of it.”
“For the past four-and-half-years, none of the opposition parties cared to visit or meet you, now as the election is around the corner they are trying to lure you with false promises.Do not believe them,” he warned.