The year-long achievements of the AIADMK government had forced DMK leader M Karunanidhi to stay away from the bypoll here, Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa said on Saturday.
Recalling Karunanidhi’s campaign at Sankarankoil that the bypoll would weigh the performance of the government, the Chief Minister said he was unable to face the Pudukottai bypoll due to the AIADMK government’s achievements.
Addressing election meetings here, she said that the drainage scheme which was started during the previous AIADMK government had been completed and `16 crore had been allocated for road laying, storm water drains construction, solid waste management and drinking water schemes .
The Chief Minister also pointed out that `50 crore had been given as special assistance fund to improve the infrastructure at Pudukottai to mark the centenary of the town municipality which was inaugurated in 1912.
Focusing her attention on the demands for the constituency, she said requests for the implementation of the Cauvery-Kollidam surplus water scheme, desilting of rivers Agni and Ambuli, besides strengthening of their banks, a ring road around the town and setting up of a mofussil bus stand had been made.
Amenities to improve Pudukottai would be certainly fulfilled, she said.