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Stalin Launches Unique 'Outreach’ Programme

The audience, comprising a gathering of villagers seated in the vicinity of a temple, witnessed the DMK leader venting his ire at the State and Central governments


Seated on a makeshift stage in a coconut grove in Pulivalam village, in Thanjavur district, DMK president M.K. Stalin on Wednesday launched ‘Ooratchi Sabai’, a State-wide public outreach programme, ahead of the Parliamentary elections in May.

The audience, comprising a gathering of villagers seated in the vicinity of a temple, witnessed the DMK leader venting his ire at the State and Central governments.

“The Narendra Modi government has failed miserably in keeping the promises it made during the 2014 election”, he told the scores of men and women seated on blankets spread on the ground, akin to how Gram Sabha meetings are conducted by the government.

Instead of making a speech,  Stalin chose to listen to the grievances of the villagers over matters concerning their livelihood and the perceived failures of the State and Central governments.

Stalin accorded priority to the grievances of women, many of whom were daily-wage labourers and members of Self- Help Groups. He chided a few partymen when they tried to grab the microphone. “I have come to listen to the grievances of the villagers,” he said.

“I get a feel of visiting a temple. Not the temple of deities. As Mahatma Gandhi once said: villages are temples. I intend to share my perception of governance and arrive at solutions to the issues raised,”  Stalin said, adding, “We will prepare a manifesto for the Parliamentary election based on the issues raised by you.”

Hitting out at Modi, he said “ Modi had promised to credit Rs 15 lakh to each person’s bank account by retrieving the black money deposited with Swiss banks. Has it credited even Rs 15 to anyone’s bank account?”  Stalin asked, adding that the Modi government was functioning only for the benefit of the corporate sector.

Terming the AIADMK government totally corrupt, Stalin said it had failed to deliver on various aspects of governance.