CHENNAI: The ruling AIADMK launched its campaign for the forthcoming assembly election in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, using the occasion to send out a clear message to the BJP that chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will be the CM candidate and it will not share power with any party if it wins the election.
Addressing the gathering, AIADMK deputy coordinator and Rajya Sabha MP K P Munusamy hit out at the BJP, without mentioning it, over its stand on EPS as the CM candidate.
“Our chief minister Palaniswami will be the CM candidate in the ensuing assembly election. AIADMK will lead the alliance. It will come to power. AIADMK will not share power with anyone. Any national party that wants a tie-up with such an aspiration is not needed,” Munusamy said, setting the tone for the party’s campaign and sending a clear message to the BJP, whose leaders have been maintaining that the party will decide the CM candidate of NDA.
Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, who is also the party coordinator, and CM Palaniswami, who is the joint coordinator of the party, too chose not to mention anything about the alliance or likely allies, including the BJP. Both the leaders targeted the DMK and its president M K Stalin.
In his speech, Panneerselvam asked party cadres to reach out to every household and highlight the achievements of AIADMK rule and remind them of the perils of having voted for the earlier DMK regime in the state.
“Let us work as one unit. People have only good things to say about our government. Work hard to convert that positive perception about us into votes,” Panneerselvam told the cadres, addressing the AIADMK election campaign launch meeting held at YMCA grounds, Royapettah in Chennai on Sunday noon.
“DMK was in power at the Centre for 16 years, but failed to get even a single project to Tamil Nadu. Whereas, we do not even have a minister in the Union cabinet, but have brought the AIIMS to Madurai, besides 11 new government medical colleges to Tamil Nadu. During the earlier DMK regime, Tamil Nadu was reeling under a 60% power cut and lakhs of workers were rendered jobless due to power shortage,” Panneerselvam said.
Chief minister Palaniswami expressed confidence that AIADMK will return to power for a third successive time. “We work for the people of this state, unlike DMK leaders who work for the people in their households. As in parliamentary elections, DMK and its president M K Stalin will make false promises. But they will not implement it. Our cadres should tell the people not to fall prey to such falsehood. People know how to differentiate the Lok Sabha and assembly elections,” Palaniswami said.
“DMK president Stalin has met the Tamil Nadu governor and handed over a petition alleging irregularities committed by me and other ministers. They are all false allegations. Stalin is complaining about rain water stagnation in Chennai. Was he sleeping for five years, when he was elected Mayor of Chennai Corporation and later when he became the deputy chief minister and local administration minister? Against 3,000 areas that reported water stagnation earlier, only 17 places faced that problem now. People know how we work,” Palaniswami said, hitting out at Stalin.