Days after TN floods, ‘dear sister’ Jaya reaches out to victims

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 15, 2015 20:06 IST
A flood-affected couple sits along a flooded roadside under a picture of Jayalalithaa, chief minister of the Tamil Nadu, in Chennai. (REUTERS)

Fifteen days after Chennai and its suburbs went under water, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday sought to assure flood victims she would stand with them at all times and that there was no need to panic.

Calling herself a “dear sister” of the people, the AIADMK chief said “I will be with you at any time; don’t worry,” through a WhatsApp message.

Here is the transcript of Jayalalithaa’s first message since the devastating floods:

Hello, everyone. This is your dear sister Jayalalithaa. The deluge caused by unprecedented rains in Tamil Nadu has deeply saddened me. Don’t worry. This is your government. You have given me power to win over any difficult situation that may arise. I’m with you always. Soon, I will rescue you all from this sorry situation and take you to new heights. I’m sure of this. On war footing, I have initiated rescue missions all over the state. Ministers, officials, police, firemen, army, NDRF and NGOs are working together to rescue you. I’ll bear all your sadness. I don’t have relatives. I’m not an introvert. You are all I have. My heart beats for Tamil Nadu. My life’s mission is to help you all. This government will overcome the damage caused by this natural calamity as usual.

Opposition attack Jayalalithaa

The Opposition parties including DMK had been critical of the ruling AIADMK’s handling of the northeast monsoon, particularly over the discharge of excess water from Chembarambakkam reservoir into Adyar river, claiming it had flooded the city.

They had alleged red-tape on the issue, knocking the doors of Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah with a plea for a judicial probe into the matter even the CPI (M) and PMK demanded an inquiry commission to probe the matter.

The government had on its part denied any wrongdoing, with chief secretary K Gnanadesikan rejecting the allegation that officers were awaiting Jayalalithaa’s approval for releasing excess water.

The AIADMK has 150 MLAs in the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly and 49 MPs in both Houses of Parliament.

Contribution touches 100-cr mark

The contributions for undertaking relief and rehabilitation work in flood-affected areas of Tamil Nadu crossed the Rs 100-crore mark on Tuesday. The total contribution received by the state government on Tuesday was Rs 12.31 crore.

The total fund collected stood at Rs 111.8 crore, an official release said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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