‘PM has no right to seek votes, as he didn’t help the cyclone-hit’

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no moral right to seek votes from the electorate of Tamil Nadu as he had failed to visit the areas affected by Cyclone Gaja, which threw life out of gear for thousands of people, especially farmers.

Addressing a well-attended election meeting at Musiri in the Perambalur Lok Sabha constituency, seeking votes for the IJK candidate Parivendhar, Mr. Stalin said, “It caused extensive damage to life and standing crops raised on thousands of acres. All political leaders of the State made it a point to visit the affected areas. Mr. Modi did not bother to visit the affected areas and even failed to utter a word of comfort to the affected farmers. But, he was now making visits to the State seeking votes,” he charged. People were watching Mr. Modi’s “dubious acts” and they will teach a fitting lesson to him for failing to lend a helping hand at the time of need, he added.

Ridiculing Mr. Modi for making frequent visits to foreign countries, Mr. Stalin said the Prime Minister had made 84 visits abroad during the last four years spending ₹1,500 crore of tax payers money. He had done nothing constructive for the country, the DMK leader alleged.

‘Major blunders’

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP government, Mr. Stalin described demonetisation and the introduction of Goods and Sales Tax as “major blunders.” A large number of people became jobless in the aftermath of demonetisation and it had dented economic growth of the country. More than 50,000 medium and small scale enterprises (MSMEs) were shut in Tamil Nadu due to the poor economic decision of Mr. Modi.

Charging that the State had become inactive under the AIADMK government, Mr. Stalin said the people had chosen wrong people to rule them. The situation was same at the Centre, as they had given power to wrong persons.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami completely failed to deliver goods and was playing second fiddle to Mr. Modi to safeguard him and his governments from the wrongdoings, Mr Stalin alleged.


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