SALEM: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday said the AIADMK’s prospects in R K Nagar by-election was bright and exuded confidence that the ruling party would retain the constituency.
Speaking to reporters in Salem and Attur on Saturday, the Chief Minister said, “The needs of the voters in the constituency have been addressed and that will ensure victory.” In a direct rebuttal to DMK working secretary M K Stalin, Palaniswami said hard work made him the chief minister and not the advantage of family background.
Speaking at Ettapur near Attur, he said he struggled to reach the position where he is right now. He said his journey began as an ordinary cadre. Stating that his elevation was a reward for his hard work and loyalty to the party and the government, Palaniswami said, it was unlike Stalin, who had the privilege of a political background. “ Stalin’s political status cannot be compared with mine,” the Chief Minister added.
In Salem, the Chief Minister declared open the newly-constructed flyover on Thiruvagoundanur bypass road and said that with five more major bridge projects nearing completion, Salem city would emerge as a traffic congestion free city.
The new bridge would reduce traffic bottlenecks at the crucial Thiruvagoundanur bypass, where National Highway traffic on the Bengaluru-Southern Tamil Nadu-Kerala sectors intersect with the city traffic bound for Salem railway junction. It is one of the five major bridge projects currently underway. Such infrastucture development in Salem is unprecedented, the Chief Minister said, adding that during the DMK regime, the focus was always on the other parts of the regime.
“The late chief minister J Jayalalithaa will always be remembered through these projects,” said Edappadi K Palaniswami, recollecting that she had sanctioned these projects immediately when the traffic congestion problem faced by Salem people was brought to her notice. “No other Chief Cinister had ever sanctioned so many infrastructure projects for Salem,” Palaniswami said.