Baalu Uses Public Posts for Personal Gains, Says Jaya - The New Indian Express

Baalu Uses Public Posts for Personal Gains, Says Jaya

Published: 06th April 2014 07:52 AM

Last Updated: 06th April 2014 07:52 AM

Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Saturday took a swipe at Thanjavur DMK candidate T R Baalu, saying he was adept at using public offices to promote his personal interests.

Addressing a massive public meeting in Thanjavur, she said Baalu was instrumental in doing groundwork for the environmentally disastrous Coal Bed Methane (CBM) extraction project, which would render the Cauvery delta a desert. “This has been stated in the official website of Baalu itself,” she said.

Disregarding the opinion of farmers, the Union government gave environmental clearance for the project, she said.

The ball then reached the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board’s (TNPCB) court. “After I assuming office as CM in 2011, my government has not given consent to establish till date,” she emphasised.

“Baalu is adept in promoting projects like the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), which are against the interests of the people, to serve his personal interest,” she said.

In Tiruchy, Jayalalithaa tugged at the heartstrings of the people while listing the various welfare measures she introduced in the constituency. Describing her personal bond with Srirangam since she represents it in the State Assembly, she said Tiruchy constituency was her own and she has the rights to seek votes there.

She asserted that the new government at the Centre with the AIADMK’s participation, would cancel permission for field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops. “This is an election that would pave the way for the freedom for the people from the threats of the neighbouring countries and to have better economic growth,” the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, joining issue with the Chief Electoral Officer, Jayalalithaa said there were no restrictions earlier regarding people coming to election campaign meetings. She was reacting to the CEO’s reported statement that the practice of adding the expenditure of a public meeting addressed by the party leader or star speaker to the candidate’s election expenditure account,  was already in vogue.

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