MADURAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday said that AIADMK had commenced its campaign for the upcoming Parliamentary elections. In order to spread awareness on the achievements of the State government, Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam inaugurated a cycle rally, which was organised by AIADMK Amma Peravai at Amma Thidal. The five-day cycle rally will see as many as 1,000 going around all the 10 constituencies in Madurai district, campaigning about the government’s achievement.
Recalling the achievements of former chief minister Jayalalithaa, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that she had many a milestone by emerging victorious in several elections since 2011 to become the third biggest party in the country.
Palaniswami said that several people who came through the back-door attempted to destroy the AIADMK and the government, “however, their attempts were shattered”. He said that the party was functioning with a unified opinion and the government was stable.
Taking a dig at TTV Dhinakaran, the CM said, “The people should think and see what work and sacrifices did Dhinakaran do for the party? Dhinakaran came to the party through the back-door and how is he related to the party? Has Dhinakaran gone to jail for staging a protest for the party? Dhinakaran is always giving interviews to the media and the media have started to portray him as a big politician. When there are several great leaders like Kamaraj, Anna, MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa who have worked for the welfare of the people, it saddens me that media are portraying a person like him (Dhinakaran).”
Palaniswami said that three great leaders Anna, MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa worked hard for the welfare of the people, “however, Dhinakaran is fighting hard to dissolve the government which is following their footsteps”. He charged that MGR referred to DMK as an evil force, but, Dhinakaran along with DMK was attempting to destroy the party. Calling Dhinakaran a traitor, CM Palaniswami said that the people and party would not forgive him.
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EPS lavishes praise on Kamarajar
Lavishing praise on Kamarajar, the Chief Minister listed the welfare projects implemented by the leader during his tenure from 1954 to 1962. He also spoke about the Kamarajar’s vision of education as a tool of developing the society. It was due to Kamarajar’s free education system, including the free noon-meal scheme, that many students from rural areas got access to schools, he said. The Chief Minister also attributed the 80 per cent literary rate achieved by the State to the initiatives of Kamarajar