Furore in Tamil Nadu assembly as DMK, opposition spar over unkept election promises | Chennai News – Times of India


The assembly witnessed heated exchanges on Monday over unkept poll promises of successive DMK and AIADMK governments. His government would not go back on election promises, chief minister M K Stalin said and alleged irregularities worth several crore in disbursement and waiver of crop and jewellery loans by the AIADMK. The chief minister said the DMK government would waive the outstanding pending dues only after setting right the anomalies.
Earlier, former revenue minister R B Udayakumar alleged that the release of the white paper by the DMK was to back out from fulfilling poll promises. “When we decided to implement schemes for the poor, MGR, Amma, EPS and OPS never backed out. They overcame whatever challenges came in the way,” the AIADMK leader said, adding that despite financial challenges, MGR and Jayalalithaa were firm in implementing free noon meal and laptop schemes to benefit several lakh students. Finance minister P T R Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said the situation was different then since sales tax was in vogue. The state lost its rights on levying taxes with the dawn of the GST regime, he said.
Stalin listed out the AIADMK’s unkept promises, including free mobile phones, Aavin milk at Rs 25, free Amma mineral water, grocery items at a nominal rate, Amma credit card, ?500 coupon to purchase Co-optex products, construction of special outlets for fruits, providing free wi-fi and setting up silk parks. “You said you will bring monorail to Chennai, but took forward Kalaignar’s metro rail only. There is a big list (of unkept promises),” the CM said, indicating that the cooperation minister would present a detailed report in the assembly on the irregularities in crop and jewellery loans.
Reacting to this, leader of the opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami said the DMK had not kept its poll promise of 2 acres of land to landless farmers and even ?1,000 monthly cash support to women homemakers. “Has it become the practice of the DMK to promise something before the polls and go back on it after polls,” Palaniswami asked.

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