Stalin says DMK will give Rs 10 crore for flood relief, CM Palaniswami calls it publicity stunt
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.
Stalin travelled across the Nilgiris on Sunday and Monday to survey the flood-affected region. Upon reaching Coimbatore airport on Monday night, Palaniswami called Stalin's visit a gimmick.
Stalin later hit back at the chief minister and said he doesn't need publicity as he has been in the public life for long. Stalin said, "Even I can ask the CM if his visits are for publicity. I am in the public life for 40 years. I have been a MLA, mayor and a deputy CM. I don't need publicity. Why has the CM not visited Gudalur in Nilgiris district that has been battered by incessant rains."
EPS also added that the state government will give complete relief to the people affected. He also said that the revenue minister of Tamil Nadu, RB Udhayakumar went to Nilgiris immediately after the floods and has been overseeing the situation.
Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam, too, will be visiting the affected region, said Palaniswami.
The CM assured that the way the government handled Cyclone Gaja and carried out necessary relief work, rescue and relief work will be done in the Nilgiris as well. He added that after a complete assessment of the situation, they will approach the central government to seek funds for the disaster that Nilgiris is now facing.
In the aftermath of Cyclone Gaja, the state government had faced a lot of flak from locals for its handling of the situation and this time the state government is hoping the situation will be different.
Nilgiris has been the worst hit in the flood-affected Tamil Nadu.
In the tourist town of Udhagamandalam, animal husbandry minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan said the Tamil Nadu government would seek flood relief fund from the Centre after total assessment of the loss due to the rains in Nilgiris district.
There was a huge crop and cattle head loss in the rains, which battered various areas, particularly Gudalur and Pandalur taluks, he told reporters.