DMK treasurer MK Stalin on Saturday tried to woo voters here by saying that his party is dedicated to serve the masses.
“While many parties make visits to people only during election campaigns, the DMK has dedicated to serve the people.
Whether being in the government or in opposition, we are always with you and we have came to seek your support with that affection,” Stalin said, during the party campaign in the district on Saturday.
Stalin, campaigning for party candidate C Devadasa Sundaram in Thalaiyuthu, cited some projects initiated by his party-led government in the past. “The DMK government, led by former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, have successfully completed several projects in Tirunelveli district such as the Thamirabharani-Nanguneri-Tisaiyanvilai drinking water scheme (at an expense of `43 crore), Thamirabharani-Panagudi-Valliyur-Ervadi-Kalakkadu drinking water scheme (at a cost of `14.80), new water scheme for Tirunelveli corporation (at a cost of `26 crore) and so on,” he said.
“Apart from these schemes, the DMK government also waived a debt of `18 crore, including `13 crore loan and `5 crore interest, that the Tirunelveli corporation owed,” he said.
He further said, DMK was keen not to make the people suffer. “That’s why we did not increase the bus fare even though the transport corporation was in a severe loss. But now, people pay `36 as bus fare from Tirunelveli to Tenkasi against the fare of `18 during the DMK rule. Similarly, bus fare from Tirunelveli to several other places such as Ambasamudram, Cheranmahadevi, VK Puram and Valliyur, has almost doubled compared to the rate during the DMK government. People also suffer due to rise in price of construction materials like sand (cost of one load of sand increased to `17000 from `13000), iron rods (cost of an iron rod weighing one tonne increased to `54000 from `33000) and cement (increased from `260 to `330).”
Following his campaign at Thalaiyuthu, he addressed gatherings at Tirunelveli town, Seethaparpanallur and toured throughout Tirunelveli constituency including Alangulam, Ambasamudram, Cheranmahadevi, Valliyur, Melappalayam and addressed a meeting at Palayamkottai in the evening.