DMDK finds fault with rain relief measures

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Tiruchirapalli, Dec 31 (UNI) Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) State Deputy Secretary K P Krishnan today found fault with the DMK Government for the alleged delay in carrying out relief and rehabilitation measures in rain-hit areas causing severe hardships to the affected people.

Addressing the press here, Mr Krishnan recalled Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram's purported remark the Union Government was yet to receive an official request from the government seeking Central assistance of Rs 1,510 crore and wondered whether there was any problem with the smooth relationship between the DMK government in the state and the UPA Government at the Centre.

He also claimed severe shortage and blackmarketing of fertilisers in the state, which the goverment did not bother.

To a question, he said there was no mis-understanding between the fans of DMDK Founder-Leader Vijayakanth and new entrants, especially politicians from other parties.

All of them are working together to strengthen the party's base, he claimed denying any family inteference in party affairs.

On import of cement, he said it would not serve the purpose. The government was not showing any interest in checking its prices, he claimed.

Mr Vijayakanth had written more than four letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to fix Rs 1,500 as Minimum Support Price for a quintal of paddy.

However, the Union and Central governments did not take any decision on the matter, which was highly condemnable.

Referring to the resignation of former AIADMK minister and DMDK State Election Wing Secretary Ponnusamy and joining the DMK, Mr Krishnan said there would not be any setback for the party.

In fact, some former ministers of DMK and PMK were holding talks with the DMDK for joining the DMDK under the leadership of Vijayakanth.

UNI

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