Modi’s speeches in Pondy did not mention statehood: DMK’s Stalin
DMK Chairman MP Stalin said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Pondicherry twice to address NDA election meetings here, but not once did he refer the expectations of the population of the territory of the Union.
“The Prime Minister made no announcement on the granting of State status to Pondicherry nor on the renunciation of loans totaling Rs 8,600 crore owed by the territory of the Union to the Center”, declared Stalin, while by presenting the candidates of Congress, DMK, VCK and CPI. , all in the Secular Democratic Alliance (SAD), fighting here the April 6 elections.
Using then-lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi, the Central NDA government dislodged the democratically elected government in Pondicherry, he said.
The BJP is considering the Union territory only to seize its natural resources under the Sagar Mala program, which is a project to promote the development of the port, Stalin said.
The DMK would let off steam in the polls in Tamil Nadu and implement several welfare programs for the people of the state once the party forms government, he said.
“We will implement similar programs, including a grant of Rs 1,000 to every housewife in Pondicherry, if the SAD is elected here,” he said.
People should be wary of supporting the BJP in the next polls, the DMK chief said.
Among those present at the rally was former chief minister and top congressional leader V Narayanasamy.