Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has reiterated the AIADMK’s vision for an egalitarian Tamil Nadu. Palaniswami was in Salem to participate in the party founder MG Ramachandran’s birth anniversary celebration at Attur on Tuesday.
He said: “Jayalalithaa united the party after MGR’s death; after her, the strong cadre base propelled a cadre like me to the helm. If not Palaniswami, there are thousands of cadre, willing and capable of shouldering the mantle.”
“We have completed three years in power. In AIADMK, every cadre is a chief minister. If I cease to be CM, there are scores of cadre to choose from. Can this happen in DMK?” he said and added that Stalin can never become CM.
He added: “Even though we had more members elected for the local body, we gave Salem District Panchayat chairmanship to PMK. AIADMK’s alliance dharma mandates respect for its allies, unlike DMK.”
Palaniswami on Monday urged his party cadres to enlighten the public about the various government schemes.
Interacting with Ministers and members of Amma Peravai at the AIADMK headquarters about the preparations for the birth anniversary celebrations of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Palaniswami said the party members should do as much as welfare works are possible on the former AIADMK supremo’s birthday on 24 February.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Palaniswami said projects involving exploration and extraction of Hydrocarbons have faced strong resistance from farmers, activists and other stakeholders in Tamil Nadu.
“Since most of these projects are situated in the Cauvery delta districts, which is ecologically a fragile zone, but a very fertile region and rice bowl of the State, the opposition to these projects has been emotive and intense,” he said.