Congress Legislature Party leader and Leader of the Opposition, V Vaithilingam, on Monday flayed the AINRC government, led by Chief Minister N Rangasamy on convening of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly on March 12.
At a press conference, Vaithilingam said, it was known that the date of the General Elections would be announced before March 12. Convening of the Assembly after the model code of conduct comes into effect would not serve any purpose.
Vaithilingam said, when an opportunity to raise the issues concerning the people in the last Assembly was denied, the Congress had organised a dharna inside the House. The Speaker had assured them that the session would soon be convened and they would be provided the opportunity to speak on the issues. However, nothing had materialised.
Vaithilingam demanded that even though the govt would not be able to satisfactorily address these issues, the members should at least be allowed to raise them.
Meanwhile, Crying foul over the issue of milk procurement from private vendors of other states by Ponlait, the Co-operative Milk Producer’s Union, Vaithilingam demanded an inquiry. He alleged widespread corruption in procuring milk at a higher price in Tamil Nadu and selling it at a lower price in Puducherry. He claimed, no tender was called and it was done according to the “whims and fancies” of the government.
Vaithilingam said, if milk producers of Puduchery was given the same amount paid to the vendors of TN, production in the UT would have increased threefold.
Meanwhile, expressing concerns over inaction to find the culprits, responsible for kidnapping a schoolboy from Rainbow Nagar on December 5, Vaithilingam demanded that the govt make public the details of the case. He said, it was heard that the abductors themselves had released the boy and he was released after a ransom was paid. He demanded that the government disclose the names of those, who were behind the incident as well as of those, who paid the ransom. He also demanded the arrest of the accused.
Vaithilingam urged the parents of the boy to co-operate with the authorities to nab the culprits. Otherwise, he feared, more such cases were likely to happen.