AIADMK general council passes important resolutions, takes key decisions

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has urged the Central government to release Rs 7,825 crore dues under various schemes, equally share the expenditure on the second phase of the metro rail project and ensure reservation for backward and most backward classes in the admission to postgraduate medical courses.

The party at its General Council meeting in Chennai on Sunday resolved that the Central government release Rs 7,825 crore due to the state under various schemes including Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam stressed on the need to choose the right candidates for local body elections to steer the party towards a massive victory. They said this would be the precursor to 2021 Assembly elections.

The council, which met after more than two years, also decided to focus on grassroots-level workers and evolve a strategy to attract youth into the party fold, a mobilisation drive that had been launched by late leader, J Jayalalithaa. The leaders also reiterated that former AIADMK general secretary, VK  Sasikala, and her family members would not be readmitted to the party.

AIADMK general council sought the Centre’s intervention for getting water due to Tamil Nadu under Telugu Ganga Project, an agreement for which was signed in the presence of the Centre.

A resolution to this effect, adopted at the meeting said, “Fifteen tmc of water was promised to Tamil Nadu under Telugu Ganga Project.  But this quantum of water had never reached the water sources which supply drinking water to Chennai. The project was signed in the presence of Government of India and as such, the Centre should ensure implementation of all aspects of the agreement so that water due to Tamil Nadu will reach the State.

Slamming DMK chief MK Stalin for “hankering for office,” the ruling AIADMK flagged unity mantra at its general council meet here on Sunday and spurred cadres to slog for a grand victory in the civic body polls expected soon.

The ruling party appealed to the Centre to take steps to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET which has “several deficiencies” and is a “stumbling block” to upholding social justice and opening up opportunities to rural and economically backward students.