Chennai: DMK chief M. K. Stalin may continue to dream of becoming the Chief Minister one day, but this will never fructify, as the stars are not in his favour, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said.
Averring that the political situation has completely changed now and charged up too in favour of his party, Panneerselvam said the people’s support was increasingly clearly in favour of the AIADMK and that the opposition DMK’s campaign against the AIADMK government would not work.
“The prospects for AIADMK’s victory in the Vikravandi and Nanguneri by-elections is very bright and we will win with a hefty margin,” Panneerselvam told reporters at the airport here on Tuesday. His party would maintain its winning streak from these two constituencies.
The opposition DMK had completely reversed the electoral fortunes of the AIADMK during the April Lok Sabha election and won 38 out of 39 Lok Sabha seats in the State. Panneerselvam’s son O. P. Raveendranath Kumar saved embarrassment for the party by winning from Theni.
Meanwhile, while campaigning for the party’s candidate M. R. Muthamizhselvan at Chinthamani in Vikravandi near here. Panneerselvam who is the coordinator of AIADMK, said Tamil Nadu would be transformed to be on a par with Singapore in the next two years to come.
“Stalin is alleging that Mamallapuram was beautified like Singapore in two days. The entire Tamil Nadu would be developed like Singapore in two years’ time,” he said. The Deputy CM claimed the heritage town of Mamallapuram was chosen for the Modi-Xi second informal summit, as Tamil Nadu is a peaceful state.
Seeman should have avoided controversial remark: O Panneerselvam
Film firector-politician Seeman should have avoided the controversial remarks on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has opined.
Reacting to the controversial speech by the Naam Tamilar Katchi coordinator Seeman in Nanguneri on Sunday, Mr. Panneerselvam said that his speech belittled the former Prime Minister. “It was in bad taste. He should have refrained from uttering so,” he said.
Seeman’s speech only depicted his arrogance, Milk and Dairy Development Minister K. T. Rajenthra Bhalaji, said and condemned his provocative speech.
Seeman stoked a controversy while campaigning for the Oct. 21 by-election to the Vikravandi Assembly constituency in Villupuram district near here, by describing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as “an enemy of the Tamilians” and even justified his horrific assassination.
“Yes, we killed Rajiv Gandhi. That’s right,” he said, to thunderous applause from his supporters. “A time will come when history will be rewritten. (Then) It will say that Rajiv Gandhi, who sent Indian Peace Keeping Forces (to Sri Lanka) to sell-out and kill my people, was murdered in the motherland of Tamilians,” he claimed.
Based on the complaint filed by the Villupuram District Congress secretary Ramesh, the police have booked cases under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanaswamy said the NTK leader had belittled the slaying of Rajiv Gandhi. He described Seeman as a ‘cheap’ politician.
An unrelenting Seeman continued to target the Congress and on Tuesday he likened the Congress to a “parasite” which was incapable of contesting elections alone. Speaking to reporters in Thoothukudi he dared the Congress to contest the elections alone and prove its caliber....