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'Ready for Debate on Central Funds for UT'

MoS dismisses charge that he failed to get enough aid for Pondy

Published: 31st March 2014 07:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2014 07:51 AM   |  A+A-

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Dismissing the charges that he was a stumbling block in availing of the Central funds allotted for Puducherry’s development, Union Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, V Narayanasamy, challenged his political rivals for a debate in public platform on the issue.

Speaking to reporters after opening the election office on St Theresa’s Street here on Sunday, Narayanasamy said the rivals are unleashing a false propaganda against him and he would come out with all details of Central funds allotment and the ruling party’s failure to avail of it by sending proposals so that the truth would prevail.

Narayanasamy said Rangasamy was making baseless allegations against him to hide his administrative inefficiency and the people would not accept this.

It might be recalled that Chief Minister Rangasamy while campaigning for party nominee R Radhakrishnan at Mangalam constituency a few days ago had charged that the welfare and development schemes in Puducherry came to a halt due to the brakes put by Narayanasamy. The CM said he would also come out with the details of it soon.

The blame game between the two has been going on for a while even as the Union Territory was facing severe financial crunch and the government’s failure to find funds for the ongoing schemes.

Meanwhile,ruling All India N R Congress (AINRC) party candidate, R Radhakrishnan, sought votes of the people after offering worship at a temple on Vellalar Street.

Radhakrishnan, accompanied by party’s chief whip, G Nehru, Mathi alias Venkatesan and a number of his followers, walked around the area and the nearby Ranga Pillai Street and Gandhi Street seeking support of the people highlighting the need for favourable government at the Centre for ensuring overall development of the Union Territory.

Radhakrishnan, who is the main rival for Narayanasamy, said the halted welfare schemes would be started with the help of the people, whom he urged to elect a favourable MP and a stable government at the Centre, which will support the development of the Union Territory.

Meanwhile, the women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Youth Associations from various villages of Oulgaret constituency expressed their willingness to support Radhakrishnan, according to Minister for Local Administration N G Pannirselvam.

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