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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


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‘Instead of participating in MGR centenary celebrations, Ministers must oversee relief operations’

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More Ministers should be sent to rain-ravaged districts of Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli for monitoring rescue and relief operations, instead of participating in MGR centenary celebrations, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) President Thol Thirumavalavan said here on Saturday.

“Our party is not against the centenary celebrations. But the Ministers’ presence is required to oversee the rescue operations and console the affected people,” Thirumavalavan told reporters.

The Election Commission has not taken any action against the seizure of Rs.87 crore during the last by-poll in R K Nagar constituency, he said.

On the December 21 by-election to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency, he said if the victory of DMK candidate was a foregone conclusion “if the Election Commission ensures a free and fair
election”. He hailed the CPI (M)’s decision to support DMK.
He expressed his disappointment with the poll body for not taking any action in connection with the seizure of Rs. 87 crores in RK Nagar in April.

Urging the Government to pay Rs. one crore as compensation to the family of the software engineer Raghupathy, whose two-wheeler hit a temporary arch erected on Avinashi Road near Peelamedu for MGR centenary celebrations, the VCK leader said the one of Raghu’s family members should be provided with a Government job. (As soon as Raghu fell off the vehicle, he was run over by a lorry killing him on the spot.)