Chennai, July 19(BPNS)
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Coordinator of AIADMK, Edappadi K Palaniswami has said that the people of the state felt cheated by the DMK over the NEET issue. He said that the DMK had openly said that the party if elected to power would not conduct NEET in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The opposition leader on Monday said that the state government has yet to clarify whether the state would conduct NEET or not. In a statement, the opposition leader’s office said that even after he had repeatedly asked both the Chief Minister and the Health minister whether NEET exams would be held or not, there was no reply forthcoming from either of the leaders.
The former Chief Minister also said that the DMK had cheated the people of Tamil Nadu by announcing that they would not conduct NEET after assuming power.
Edappadi K Palaniswami also said that his government had got the Cauvery waters for Tamil Nadu after a prolonged legal battle in the Supreme Court. He said,” The Supreme Court had ruled that at no place Cauvery water should be stopped, stored or diverted.”
The former Chief Minister said that the Karnataka government was deliberately trying to stop Cauvery water coming to Tamil Nadu by bringing up announcements that a dam would be constructed at Mekedatu over the Cauvery river and added that this was highly” condemnable”.
He said that if a dam is constructed over Cauvery at Mekedatu, the whole Delta region would turn into a desert. The former Chief Minister added that the dam would also lead to total drinking water scarcity at 16 districts of the state.
Edappadi K Palaniswami also said that the AIADMK government successfully implemented the “Kudiamaramathu “scheme and expressed hope that the present government would also implement the scheme for the best interests of the people of the state.
He said that during the initial phases of vaccination, the people feared taking vaccines and that the charges of vaccines being deliberately wasted during the AIADMK period does not stand. He said that wastage had occurred due to the low turnaround of people and that the DMK was instrumental in conducting campaigns across the state against vaccination.
The former Chief Minister also said that he had urged the Prime Minister to provide maximum doses of vaccines to Tamil Nadu and that the state government should take this up.
He also said that the AIADMK was ready to face the local body polls whenever it was held and added that former interim general secretary, V.K.Sasikala was deliberately spreading lies regarding the defeat of the AIADMK in the 2021 assembly elections.