“Police and government officials must act in the public interest”

Opposition leader and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Wednesday urged police and government officials to work in the public interest and not for the ruling DMK. He made the remark while addressing party cadres at a meeting organized to present AIADMK candidates for the Vellore Corporation elections. The party fielded candidates in all 60 wards.

Mr Palaniswami said police and government officials should act in a “balanced manner”, as they have done under AIADMK rule for a decade. “I was also the chief minister. If you [police and government officials] work in a democratic way, you will be honored when we [AIADMK] return to power. Otherwise you will be punished,” he said. Calling the DMK regime corrupt and inefficient, he said the DMK had failed to deliver on most of its major poll promises, including a monthly stipend of ₹1,000 for each family; student loan waiver; an LPG gas subsidy of ₹100; and a reduction in petrol and diesel prices by ₹5.

With regards to the Gold Loan Waiver Scheme [one of the poll promises of the DMK], he said that out of a total of 48 lakh customers who availed gold loans of up to five sovereigns, the DMK government had waived the loans of only 13 lakh customers who had pledged their gold jewelry in gold jewelry. cooperative societies and public sector banks. As a result, the remaining 35 lakh customers were paying an annual interest of ₹12,000 on their loans. “Mr. Stalin claims that the DMK has fulfilled 70% of its 525 poll promises. Has the DMK government fulfilled 400 election promises?” Mr Palaniswami asked.

On NEET, the head of AIADMK said his government introduced the 7.5% internal reserve to help poor students achieve their dream of pursuing medical education. A total of 541 students, mostly from villages, benefited from the AIADMK initiative. In addition to providing internal reservation for rural students, his government has taken measures to meet their expenses. It was a measure to protect social justice. The DMK talked about social justice, but it was the AIADMK that put it into action, he said.

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