Stalin visited Nilgiris only to seek publicity: CM Palanisamy

Coimbatore, Aug 13

Just hours after DMK chief MK Stalin stated that DMK MPs and MLAs will contribute Rs 10 crore towards helping flood-hit Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami called Stain’s recent visit to the Nilgiris a publicity stunt.

The Chief Minister said: “Stalin would stay there (Nilgiris) only for day but we will stay for days together to render rescue and relief works in the district which has been affected by landslides caused by heavy downpour”.

Both Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam came to Coimbatore by flight at 8 pm yesterday. Ministers SP Velumani, Udumalai Radhakrishnan and Sengottaiyan besides party functionaries and leaders accorded a rousing reception to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam on their arrival at the airport.

Chief Minister Palanisamy told reporters that Panneerselvam would be visiting Nilgiris district to take up relief works after inspecting the places affected by landslides and to console the affected people.

Damages caused by landslides and downpour will be assessed only after the Deputy Chief Minister completes his surveying of the areas affected by landslides. Revenue Minister Udayakumar rushed to the Nilgiris very next day to gear up rescue and relief operations.

Taking a dig at the DMK president, the Chief Minister said that Stalin has gone there only for seeking publicity. He will stay there only for a day but we will stay there for days together to provide relief to the affected public.

The government has taken steps on a war footing to restore normalcy in the affected areas. We can seek funds from the central government only after assessing the damages caused by the landslides and heavy rains. The DMK- front did not do any good to the public.

The centre has been implementing many welfare schemes and we have been supporting the same. When the delta districts were affected in the Gaja cyclone we swung into action and speeded up rescue and relief operations. But Stalin is not like that. He will seek publicity and talk to media.

That’s all. The Mettur dam has been filling fast following the release of water from Karnataka dams. It is wrong to say that water will not reach the tail end areas since the bridge across the Kollidam river at Mukkombu has not yet been set right.

So far 70 beams have been erected in the Kollidam river and work has been going on in full swing to complete the erection of remaining beams. No water will be allowed to go waste.

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