COIMBATORE: Politics has hit the flow of humanitarian aid from Coimbatore to Chennai flood victims as ruling AIADMK men are forcing NGOs to paste pictures of chief Minister J. Jayalalaithaa on the trucks and mineral water bottles, biscuits, food stocks and clothes to be distributed as relief material. Social networking sites are flooded with complaints from anguished volunteers that the ruling party men are forcing them to paste posters on the trucks carrying the relief material and every packet of biscuit, napkins, clothes and water bottles kept in the truck.
“From Tirupur my relatives who gave 500 kg of rice bags and they were kept in a Kalyana Mandapam, a collection point. Suddenly a few AIADMK partymen entered the collection point with so many posters and banners and forcibly started pasting all the posters on the packaged goods and carton boxes,” informed Yuvaraj Palanisamy, who is a part of a youth NGO.
A leading school in Coimbatore had sent two truck loads of relief material through the Home Guards to Chennai. According to HOme Guard officials, the trucks were stopped in the Coimbatore highway and posters of Amma were forcibly stuck on the vehicles. Another school van which was going to distribute relief materials to Cuddalore was stopped at a checking point by the partymen and was forced to stick posters of TN Chief Minister on all the goods and also wrap the van with banners of Amma.
“The truck we sent yesterday was blocked by politicians. There were 40 trucks all together and we decided to stage a protest. Then with the help of a local councillor we managed to chase away the partymen and move our trucks,” informed a volunteer. Meanwhile, when contacted, a senior AIADMK functionary who refused to be named claimed that the ruling party men had not indulged in any such activities. “Only one incident happened on Friday at Cuddalore and every one has hyped it so much. On Saturday policemen caught red-handed a few people who were claiming to be partymen but later they found that they were assigned this job to do on a pay of Rs 5,000.”
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