Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said that DMK-Congress government and M.K. Kanimozhi did not ensure security to Sri Lankan Tamils during the Eelam War.
During his campaign near Anna Nagar here on Sunday evening in favour of BJP candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan, Mr. Panneerselvam said that Ms. Kanimozhi, who was among a team of MPs representing India in Sri Lanka, received the hospitality extended by the then Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa but did not take any constructive action to protect the Tamils.
“She has now been named the DMK candidate of Thoothukudi,” he said.
He said that the AIADMK government had taken steps to ensure that the publication of the gazette notification on the Cauvery water scheme by the Union Ministry of Water Resources following the Supreme Court order.
The AIADMK government had increased the amount of gold given from four grams to eight grams under the ‘gold for thali’ scheme, and increased the financial assistance given to poor mothers from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 18,000 under the Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme, Mr.Panneerselvam said.
“The DMK on the other hand is promoting a culture of violence,” he said, citing various incidents in which the party members were involved in brawls.
During his address, a person in the crowd asked him to speak on the Sterlite issue. But he was removed by the police. Mr. Panneerselvam, who continued to address the gathering, did not speak on the issue.