With less than a week to go for the by-election to the four Assembly constituencies in the State, the electioneering has intensified.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, ‘star’ campaigner for AIADMK, went hammer and tongs at the DMK president M K Stalin who reiterated that the ‘countdown’ for the AIADMK government ‘to go’ has begun.
Palaniswami said Stalin was making tall promises ahead of the Assembly byelections as he was fully aware that his party will not be returning to power.
Addressing a campaign event in the Tirupparankundram constituency, he questioned the rationale behind an Opposition party making ‘attractive’ promises for byelections. “Only the ruling party can fulfil the promises, not the Opposition party,” he said
Calling out the dichotomy between what the DMK preached and practised, Palaniswami tore into Stalin’s allegations over the party in power denying burial spot for the party’s deceased patriarch M Karunanidhi on the Marina.
“When Karunanidhi was the chief minister, he denied spot for Kamaraj’s burial, claiming the latter was only a former chief minister. Going by that logic, how can Stalin demand spot for burial on the Marina when Karunanidhi was only an MLA at the time of his death,” Palaniswami said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Banwarilal Purohit and a host of other dignitaries greeted Palaniswami on his birthday on Sunday even as the CM was busy campaigning in Madurai and Thoothukudi districts for the party candidates in Tiruparakundram and Ottapidaram.