Union Home Minister Amit Shah at this time attacked the DMK-Congress mix over “corruption and dynasty” and stated solely the AIADMK-BJP alliance can “protect” those that consider within the tradition of Tamil Nadu.
Seeking votes for NDA candidates with a promise of all spherical growth of the state, Amit Shah stated its prime leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami, had grown from humble beginnings whereas these within the DMK and Congress are from “dynasty.”
“Only the AIADMK-BJP alliance can protect Tamil Nadu’s fishermen, unemployed youth, women and all those having faith in Tamil Nadu’s culture,” he instructed reporters in Chennai.
Single section polling to 234 Assembly seats is scheduled on April 6.
“DMK President MK Stalin was worried about making his son Udhayanidhi Chief Minister,” Amit Shah later alleged at an election rally in Tirunelveli.
“Stalin sir’s anger and BP (blood pressure) goes up whenever I make a mention of Udhayanidhi and he ends up saying something about someone,” Mr Shah stated.
Keeping up his assault of household and dynasty politics towards the 2, Mr Shah stated Congress was “4G and DMK “3G”, referring to the generation of leaders from the respective first families in politics.
While the leaders of NDA, PM Modi and EK Palaniswami, started from humble beginnings, “on the opposite facet is the DMK and Congress.”
“Congress’ fourth technology is operating – 4g – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi (all late leaders) and now Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
“The DMK celebration – is 3g celebration – third technology – M Karunanidhi, after him MK Stalin and now Stalin is risking your entire way forward for Tamil Nadu by attempting onerous to make Udhayanidhi Chief Minister,” Amit Shah said.
The Maran family, Karunanidhi family and Gandhi family “are dynasty, household events whereas BJP and AIADMK are events that elevate grassroot employees to the posts of PM and CM,” he added.
While PM Modi was worried about Tamil Nadu’s farmers, unemployed youth and fishermen, MK Stalin was keen on making Udhayanidhi Chief Minister. “People of Tamil Nadu ought to resolve to go together with whom – with those that cares for them or those that need their son to change into Chief Minister,” he said.
Taking exception to some alleged controversial remarks made by Udhayanidhi against late BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Mr Shah said “most likely Stalin forgot” the Tamil culture of not making such statements against those who have died.
He charged the DMK leaders in the past with making such remarks against the “nice son of Tamil Nadu,” late chief minister and Congress stalwart K Kamaraj, credited with ushering in educational reforms in the state.
Taking on DMK leader A Raja, without naming him, Mr Shah said “breaking all traditions, they made such remarks towards the demised mom of Chief Minister Palaniswami. DMK must be ashamed of all of those.”
Mr Raja had earlier courted controversy for making alleged disparaging remarks against Mr Palaniswami’s mother during an election rally, drawing criticism.
Taking note of a complaint from the ruling AIADMK, the Election Commission had on Thursday barred Raja from campaigning for 48 hours and also removed him from his party’s list of star campaigners for the April 6 Assembly polls.
Observing that PM Modi and Mr Palaniswami “understood the pains of the widespread man,” he recalled that is why the state government had twice waived farm loans, while the Centre was implementing an income support scheme of Rs 6,000 annually.
He also listed out the various other welfare initiatives for Tamil people, including grouping seven communities under Devendra Kula Vellalar, setting up a Defence corridor and highlighted PM Modi’s “particular love” for Tamil which he had exhibited by recalling from verses during his speeches in foreign countries.
On the bull taming sport Jallikattu, Mr Shah said the Modi government had earlier allowed its resumption following a ban and expressed fears that Congress and DMK may stop if they are voted to power.
Recalling the state Congress’ 2016 poll manifesto that batted for ending the sport, Mr Shah said “prince Rahul determined to ban it.”
“Only AIADMK, BJP and PMK can make sure the all spherical growth of Tamil Nadu, not the corrupt DMK and Congress,” he said.
Earlier, Amit Shah attended a road show in Chennai in support of BJP’s Thousand Lights candidate Khushbu Sundar.
The Home Minister lauded Chief Minister Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam for taking the state on the path of development and for the effective handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying Tamil Nadu has been at the ‘forefront’ of the fight against the contagion.
“Tamil Nadu’s development is feasible solely once we defeat the corrupt and dynastic DMK and Congress,” he stated.
The growth initiatives launched by Modi throughout the nation ought to come to Tamil Nadu to satisfy the desires of the ‘nice’ late Chief Miniters MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, each AIADMK stalwarts, had for Tamil Nadu, he added.
At the street present, Mr Shah travelled atop an open van with Khushbu Sundar and AIADMK candidates from close by constituencies.
Elections to 234 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu are scheduled on April and the counting of votes will likely be taken up on May 2.
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