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Only AIADMK cardholders can get benefits of govt schemes, says Tamil Nadu minister

‘AIADMK party card is what identifies us and is equal to our life itself... every party member should have it. Only if you have it, can you get government welfare schemes benefits either for you or your family,’ Sellur K Raju said during an event in Madurai

india Updated: Feb 05, 2018 14:04 IST
Press Trust of India, Madurai

Tamil Nadu minister Sellur K Raju has courted controversy by saying government welfare measures would be given only to AIADMK cardholders, even as deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam said such schemes were meant for all.

Raju said at an event in Madurai to enrol members and to renew membership of those who had completed five years.

“AIADMK party card is what identifies us and is equal to our life itself... every party member should have it. All party members should have the card.

“Only if you have it, can you get government welfare schemes benefits either for you or your family,” he had said in Madurai.

On the Cauvery River dispute, Raju said the chief minister was taking appropriate steps to secure the state’s share of water from Karnataka.

Referring to the local body polls, he said AIADMK is always ready to face any elections. However, Panneerselvam said all government welfare measures are aimed at benefiting the ordinary and poor people and all sections of society, irrespective of party affiliations.

He said Karnataka has declined water to Tamil Nadu and that steps were being taken to initiate legal measures to secure water for the state.

“We have a right to seek water for our standing crops,” he said.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 14:04 IST