Chennai: Castigating the AIADMK Government for its failure in preventing the electrocution of two young girls in north Chennai, Opposition parties on Wednesday asked the administration to take “full responsibility” for the incident and demanded the resignation of Ministers S.P. Velumani and P. Thangamani.
The leaders, including DMK working president M.K. Stalin and PMK founder S. Ramadoss, said the young children died only because of the “callous attitude” of the Tamil Nadu Government, which has been making “tall claims” about its monsoon preparedness but doing “nothing on the ground.”
Rebel AIADMK leader T.T.V Dhinakaran also blamed the Edappadi K. Palaniswami government for the incident, saying the government’s “lies” about precautions taken for the monsoon have been “exposed” once again. He also asked the government to “wake up at least now” and prevent such incidents in the future.
In a statement, Stalin, while conveying his condolences to the family of the young girls who died, asked the government to take steps to prevent waterlogging in the city, especially in low-lying areas, instead of just making tall claims.
“While condemning the government for its callous attitude, I also hope that the government will wake up at least now to the reality and do its bit”, he said in a statement here.
Ramadoss said the state government should be “ashamed” of such an incident since locals complain that there have been issues of short circuit in the electric box which was responsible for Wednesday’s incident.
“It is shameful that two girls have died after being electrocuted in a state capital even after 70 years of independence. By suspending low-level officers, high-level officials and the minister are trying to deflect responsibility. I demand resignation of local administration minister S.P Velumani and Electricity Minister P. Thangamani for not taking precautionary measures”, Ramadoss said.