Palaniswami in Theni promises to raise Mullaperiyar storage to 152-ft

Campaigning for P Raveendranath Kumar, the AIADMK candidate for Theni Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami vowed to increase the level of Mullaperiyar Dam to 152 feet. He said it would be the first duty of the government to raise the storage level through the intervention of Supreme Court to fulfill the dream of the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
Palaniswami in Theni promises to raise Mullaperiyar storage to 152-ft
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami campaigning for Theni LS candidate P Raveendranath Kumar

Madurai

“The state has been striving hard and taking all efforts to achieve this task. It was under the leadership and governing skills of Jayalalithaa that the storage level in this dam was increased to 142 feet,” he recalled. “We are making all efforts to strengthen the dam, but the Kerala government is a stumbling block to the development,” he added.

Calling the Congress candidate EVKS Elangovan in Theni as an outsider, the Chief Minister took a dig at him by saying that Elangovan is a constituency hopper.

“People of this constituency could hardly approach him. Once the elections are over, he would go back to his hometown. He contested from different constituencies, including Krishnagiri, Tirupur and Erode in earlier Lok Sabha polls and now he is fighting from Theni,” Palaniswami said appealing to the voters not to waste their votes on an outsider.

Campaigning for the AIADMK Andipatti bypoll candidate Lohirajan, the Chief Minister said the seat has remained a stronghold of the AIADMK and a forte for stalwart chief ministers like MG Ramchandran and Jayalalithaa.

He also lashed out at former Andipatti MLA Thangatamilselvan, who was disqualified from the House and now contesting from Theni Lok Sabha seat from the AMMK.

The Chief Minister said nearly 152 villages in Andipatti would get access to water from the Mullaperiyar dam and adequate efforts would be made for it. Water would be supplied to 30 panchayats through Andipatti combined drinking water scheme. Moreover, Andipatti town panchayat would be elevated to municipality. On development front, Palaniswami said primary health sub centre would be set up at Kanniappapillai panchayat of Andipatti union and would take steps to provide pattas for the tribal community in Varusanadu and Valipaarai.

The Chief Minister also garnered support for Mayilvel, AIADMK candidate for Periyakulam Assembly constituency.

Earlier, in Alanganallur during his campaign for Raveendranath Kumar, Palaniswami said that the AIADMK earned the credit for reviving the rural sport of jallikattu. He said that a monument for it would come up in Alanganallur soon.
OPS sees wave in favour of  AIADMK-BJP
Stating that there is a big wave in favour of the AIADMK-BJP alliance, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that the front will achieve a massive victory and prove the pre-poll opinions for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections wrong. 
Panneerselvam came to Thoothukudi on Saturday by air to campaign for his party candidate Paul Manoj Pandian, who’s contesting from Tirunelveli Lok Sabha constituency. Talking to reporters, the Deputy Chief Minister said he would also campaign for Tamilisai Soundararajan, state president of BJP, a key ally of AIADMK, contesting from Thoothukudi Lok Sabha constituency.
 
On NEET, he said that the AIADMK has a basic policy to oppose it and said his party would continuously strive against the exam.
  
During his campaign at Thalayoothu in Tirunelveli, Panneerselvam sought a clear mandate from people saying that the Congress –DMK, which remained in power for ten years, did nothing for Tamil Nadu.
 
Recalling former CM Jayalalithaa’s achievements, he said she fought legally in the Cauvery river water dispute and won. However, MK Stalin, DMK president, could not stomach it, he added. OPS also said Stalin could not achieve his dream of becoming Chief Minister.

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