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DMK’s ‘hero’, Congress’ ‘superhero,’ BJP’s ‘zero:’ Stalin rates manifestos
Hours after the BJP released its poll manifesto, DMK president and Opposition Leader MK Stalin in a sharp and swift response labeled the DMK manifesto released on March 19 as the ‘hero’, the Congress manifesto released subsequently as ‘super hero’ and the saffron party’s promises as ‘Zero.’
The DMK president while campaigning for Kanniyakumari Congress candidate H Vasanthakumar in Nagercoil on Monday, who dismissed the BJP’s manifesto of having nothing beneficial to the people, asked why the BJP manifesto failed to promise scrapping of NEET and waiver of any education loan.
“While Narendra Modi is ruling the country like a dictator, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is fit for nothing,” charged Stalin and added that both the leaders have ruined the country.
He further dubbed the Centre and state governments as ‘corrupt’ and said, “if it was fighter jet scam at Centre, it was Gutkha scam in the state.”
Raking up the Kodanad case again, Stalin credited both the parties in sarcastic tone with murder crimes occurred in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
Expressing confidence that the people of the state would punish both the parties in the polls, Stalin said the DMK-led front would win all 40 Lok Sabha seats (including Pondy) and the 18 Assembly constituencies. “The AIADMK, BJP leaders will suffer throughout their life from the punishment that is going to be handed out by the people,” he added.
Campaigning for Vasanthakumar, Stalin said both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, the sitting MP, made several promises to the people of this constituency during the previous elections, but failed to deliver them.
“Radhakrishnan made 63 promises in the manifesto for development of Kanniyakumari, but nothing happened. He promised to convert Kanniyakumari into a smart city, bring industrial techno park, siddha hospital, agriculture college, cancer research center, rubber park and research center, godowns for flower, vegetables and fish, ring road, subways, communication and technologically advanced device for fishing boats to trace any missing fisherman and establish helipad facility, but did not keep the promises,” Stalin said.
They had totally deceived the people who voted them to power. While several fishermen lost their lives and belongings in Cyclone Ockhi, neither the Centre nor state government authorities visited the affected areas, he charged.
Though I have been repeatedly raising the three major controversial issues of Kodanad murder and heist, mysterious death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa as claimed by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and government’s inaction over Pollachi sex scandal, in which over 200 minor girls were affected over a period of seven years, there had been no response from the government, he noted.
DMK chief booked for spreading false info on Pollachi sex scandal
The Pollachi police on Monday booked DMK president MK Stalin for spreading false information during an election campaign. While campaigning for DMK’s Pollachi Lok Sabha candidate Shanmugasundaram on April 4, Stalin accused Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Local Administration Minister SP Velumani and Deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman that they wouldn’t allow a fair probe by CB-CID in the Pollachi sex scandal. Even as investigations are under way, Stalin claimed that more than 200 women were affected in the sex scandal. Officials of the election flying squad sought a complaint against Stalin for spreading false information without any evidence for his own political gains. Based on a complaint, the Pollachi Taluk police registered cases against Stalin for disturbing peace, spreading false information to promote enmity and for violating the model code of conduct. These cases were booked days after Stalin was booked on similar charges for defaming Local Administration Minister Velumani on corruption charges.