Chennai: Launching a tirade against the opposition DMK in the Assembly on their continued boycott, State Electricity Minister P. Thangamani said they would never make it to the Assembly, as their demand for resignation of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will never fructify.
“The DMK, in my opinion, need not return to the Assembly at all because the CM is not going to step down just because they demand his resignation. This is something that will never happen and so the DMK will never make it to the Assembly at all,” he told the Assembly on Thursday. Choosing the occasion of replying to the House after the debate on the demand for grants for his department, Mr. Thangamani said the AIADMK government was a “people’s government” dispensing welfare schemes and that “people want the government to continue.”
On the DMK’s boycott of Assembly proceedings, the Minister argued indicated that this opposition party was “hungry for power.” “Stain (DMK working president) hopes to capture power by demanding a duly elected government under the CM to step down over the Sterlite issue. This will never happen,” Mr. Thangamani added.
Listing out various reasons, he referred to the bleak power scenario during the DMK rule and said the efficient policies pursued by late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa have not only steered TANGEDCO out of the red but also ensured Tamil Nadu became a power surplus State. “There are no power outages now. TANGEDCO’s loss has been brought down to `2,975 crores from `13,985 crores during 2013 – 14. Also, schemes like power connections within 24 hours helped to provide over three lakh connections on a single day,” Mr. Thangamani said.
Now with the power scenario fairly improved, the government has launched the LED bulb campaign and opted for capacity addition to meet the future requirements....