Chief Minister N Rangasamy faced opposition from fishermen when he went for campaigning in Vambakeerapalayam village along with party candidate R Radhakrishnan on Wednesday.
Though the AINRC had sent a message to the panchayat intimating them about the visit of Rangasamy with a request that fisherwomen abstain from work and welcome the CM, they used the opportunity to fire their salvo at him.
As soon as he entered Muthumariamman Koil Street in Vambakeerapalayam, fisherfolk numbering around 200 to 250, mostly women, confronted him. Finding fault with him for visiting them during elections, they said he had failed to provide old age pension, which was pending for more than three months.
Further, subsidy for construction of houses damaged after Tsunami was yet to be provided to them in full. Only a part of the fund was provided long ago but the remaining has eluded. “He didn’t keep his word on construction of fish market,” they said.
A section of residents living in vulnerable area on the coast were yet to be rehabilitated. Even after identifying a land for it, the government changed its stand, they said. Taken aback, the CM said, finance was an obstacle in fulfilling them and assured that he would redress all their grievances and left without campaigning.
On the other hand, Union Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy also visited the village prior to the visit of CM.
He offered prayers in the temple and met the panchayat leaders who welcomed him. When they expressed their grievances, he briefed them on the funds he had secured from the Centre for their welfare and left.