DMK chief M Karunanidhi “extremely critical, unstable”

Karunanidhi “extremely critical, unstable,” says Kauvery Hospital bulletin

DMK chief M Karunanidhi is “extremely critical” and “unstable”, said a medical bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Earlier, party working president M.K. Stalin met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the latter’s residence in Chennai.  According to sources in the DMK, Mr. Stalin requested a place on the Marina Beach in Chennai for a memorial.

A large number of DMK cadres and supporters have gathered outside the hospital, many of whom have been staying there since Monday evening.

Mr. Karunanidhi’s health suffered a setback on Monday and doctors treating him at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai had set a 24-hour time frame to determine the prognosis.

Mr. Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital following a drop in his blood pressure in the early hours of July 28. Since then the five-time Chief Minister’s medical status has gone through ups and downs. After a setback on July 29, he continues to be in hospitali due to age-related ailments, and is under “active medical support”.

Here are the live updates:

5:10 PM

Security tightened at M. Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai on Tuesday.

Security tightened at M. Karunanidhi’s residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan

More police personnel have been deployed outside the residence of DMk chief M. Karunanidhi, at Gopalapuram in Chennai.

4:30 PM

The Kauvery Hospital releases a medical bulletin, saying Mr. Karunanidhi is “extremely critical” and “unstable.”

The has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Mr. Karunanidhi, the bulletin said adding that despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate.

Karunanidhi's health condition is extremely critical, says Kauvery Hospital

The health bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital in Chennai which states that Karunanidhi’s health condition is extremely critical.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

3:30 PM

Television channels show footage of police personnel gathering at the Rajarathinam Stadium in Chennai.

Security around the Kauvery Hospital has also been increased. The main entrance is completely barricaded.

Police personnel deployed near Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.

Police personnel deployed near Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S.R. Raghunathan

The Tamil Nadu DGP has ordered all police personnel to report to duty. The DGP’s office has sent a fax message to all Commissioners of Police, DIGs and District SPs to direct the strength to report immediately in uniform.

Karunanidhi extremely critical, unstable, says Kauvery Hospital bulletin | Live updates

2:50 PM

Mr. Stalin meets the Chief Minister at the latter’s residence.. According to sources in the DMK, Mr. Stalin requested a place on the Marina Beach in Chennai for a memorial.

Mr. Stalin’s siblings Kanimozhi and Alagiri, senior party leaders T.R. Baalu, Murasoli Selvam and I. Periasamy were present during the meeting.

Incidentally, a public interest plea in the Madras High Court that sought a direction to prevent any construction of memorials on the Marina was withdrawn on Tuesday.

2:30 PM

A private channel’s vehicle is attacked by DMK cadres.

A private television channel's vehicle being attacked by DMK cadres outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.

A private television channel’s vehicle being attacked by DMK cadres outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.

1:00 PM

Medical bulletins released so far

Karunanidhi extremely critical, unstable, says Kauvery Hospital bulletin | Live updates

The Kauvery Hospital has released five medical bulletins on Mr. Karunanidhi’s health so  far.

The first one on July 28 said the DMK chief has been admitted to the intensive care unit following a “drop in blood pressure.”  The same night, another bulletin was released. It said Mr. Karunanidhi “remains stable with ongoing active medical support.”

The third bulletin was released on July 29. It informed of a “transient setback of the clinical condition” of Mr. Karunanidhi.

The hospital  on July 31 that an extended stay could be necessary for Mr. Karunanidhi “due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters.”

The fifth bulletin released on August 6 said: “There has been decline in the medical condition of the DMK president and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments.

 “He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the progress.”

12:50 PM

“We have seen Kalaignar’s bravery all through his life, this time also he will prove. We will continue to pray for his speedy recovery,” tweets actor-turned-politician R. Sarath Kumar. ‘

12:40 PM

“Ezhundhu vaa thalaiva, ezhundhu vaa..” continues to near the hospital. Party workers and Mr. Karunanidhi’s supporters are stationed outside the hospital since Monday night.

11:30 AM

Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy visits the DMK veteran at the hospital. After a brief visit, he leaves. Tamil Manila Congress president G.K. Vasan too pays a short visit.

10.45 A.M

MDMK founder Vaiko arrives at the hospital. Congress leader  E.V.K.S. Elangovan and actor Udhayanidhi Stalin also arrive.

Separate enclosure for women cadre outside Kauvery Hospital where where former TN CM M. Karunanidhi is admitted, Chennai, August 7, 2018

Separate enclosure for women cadre outside Kauvery Hospital where where former TN CM M. Karunanidhi is admitted, Chennai, August 7, 2018   | Photo Credit: Vivek Narayanan

9.35 A.M

M. Karunanidhi’s son and DMK working president M.K Stalin arrives at the hospital. Party cadres gather outside, waving flags.  DMK leader A. Raja also arrives.

8.50 A.M

Mr. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi and Mr. A. Raja arrive at the hospital early on Tuesday. Over 1200 armed reserve policemen are on standby. Already, 400 men have been deployed around the hospital.

The scene outside M. Karunanidhi's house at Gopalapuram in Chennai early on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The scene outside M. Karunanidhi’s house at Gopalapuram in Chennai early on Tuesday, August 7, 2018   | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan

Mylapore Deputy Commissioner NK  Mayilvahanan is at the hospital. Crowd management measures are being put in place. Luz Church Road has been blocked from Nageshwara Rao park towards the Kauvery Hospital. Vehicles are being allowed towards St. Isabel’s hospital.

-AUGUST 07, 2018

AIADMK likely to join Modi-led NDA government

AIADMK likely to join Modi-led NDA government, major announcement soon

AIADMK, which was part of NDA during 1998-99 and 2004-06 is the third largest party in Lok Sabha after BJP and Congress. It has 50 members in both Houses of Parliament. 

 AIADMK likely to join Modi-led NDA government, major announcement soon

AIADMK, which was part of NDA during 1998-99 and 2004-06 is the third largest party in Lok Sabha after BJP and Congress. It has 50 members in both Houses of Parliament.

Days after Nitish Kumar realigned with National Democratic Alliance, it has been reported that the AIADMK might become part of Modi-led NDA government soon.

As per the media reports, senior party leaders of AIADMK would hold a meeting on August 04 to make a final decision and the major announcement is also expected in the first of this month.

While talking to a leading portal, a senior Minister of the EPS government said, “Nothing is as such confirmed. We will discuss on Friday and decide. The proposal has been made (to us) but finally, it is the party’s call.” However, with this coalition, the ruling BJP is reportedly trying to increase its foothold in the Tamil Nadu, as it has only 2.5 per cent vote share in the state.

Meanwhile, it has also been reported that BJP wants to rope in AIADMK to make NDA stronger ahead of 2019 general elections, which will be a great step towards victory.

AIADMK, which was part of NDA during 1998-99 and 2004-06 is the third largest party in Lok Sabha after BJP and Congress. It has 50 members in both Houses of Parliament.

According to the reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have reportedly assigned the job of wooing AIADMK to a senior BJP functionary who holds a constitutional post.

-August 1, 2017, New Delhi

Tamil Nadu has good leaders but the system is rotten, says Rajinikanth

Tamil Nadu has good leaders but the system is rotten, says Rajinikanth

In what could be inferred as a statement of political intent, actor Rajinikanth on Friday urged his fans to wait for the impending war. “Go home and do your work. The day we have to fight the war, we will take care of it,” said Rajinikanth on the final day of his five-day initiative in Chennai to meet fans from all over Tamil Nadu.

Rajinikanth, Tamil NaduAcknowledging that Tamil Nadu has good leaders such as DMK working president M.K. Stalin, PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss, VCK chief Thol. Thirumavalavan and Naam Tamilar Katchi leader Seeman to take Tamil Nadu forward, Rajinikanth however said that the system is rotten.

“Cho Ramaswamy used to say that Mr. Stalin will do wonders if he is given a free hand. He is a good administrator. Anbumani Ramadoss is also a well educated man with good ideas. Seeman’s ideas have amazed me at times. But, the system itself is rotten. Democracy is rotten. The way people think of democracy has changed drastically. People’s notion about democracy needs to change,” he said.

Commenting on often heard criticism about his non-Tamil origin making him unfit to get into politics in Tamil Nadu, he said that he considers himself a ‘pure-Tamil’. “I wanted to clear this: there are questions raised about my non-Tamil origin. I was in Karnataka for the first 23 years of my life. I have spent 44 years in Tamil Nadu. Though I came here as a Marathi/Kannadiga, people of Tamil Nadu have supported me, gave me everything. The people of Tamil Nadu have made me a Tamil by their unflinching support. I am a pure Tamil. My forefathers were from Krishnagiri district.” He added that if some in Tamil Nadu were to ask him to leave the state, he would rather go to Himalayas than settle down in any other State.

He urged his fans not to mind the negative comments on social media but rued the lack of civility in the discourse.

“I didn’t expect my comments about how one should be in politics to create such a big news and debates. Politics is all about opposition and without opposition nobody can grow. But, some comments on social media made me feel why people stoop so low in using such words.”

CHENNAI, MAY 19, 2017

Demonetisation: ED, CBI carries out raids at various Kerala co-operative banks

Demonetisation: ED, CBI carries out raids at various Kerala co-operative banks

Demonetisation: ED, CBI carries out raids at various Kerala co-operative banks

Weeks after the Narendra Modi government banned use of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, many unscrupulous activities in the banking sector has come to the fore.

The Enforcement Directorate and CBI on Thursday carried out raids at co-operative banks in different parts of Kerala.

ED conducted raids at Kannur, Kozhikode, and Thrissur while the CBI officials conducted inspections of records of district co-operative banks in Kollam and Malappuram.

These raids are being conducted to check the records of deposits after November 8.

After banning old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes on November 8, the government had allowed all of the cash holdings with any person to be deposited in bank accounts till December 30.

In perhaps the first case of a top bureaucrat being raided, the house and office of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary was today searched by Income Tax officials who claimed to have recovered Rs 30 lakh cash in new notes and 5 kgs of gold besides getting “disclosure” about Rs 5 crore of unaccounted income.

With about 35 personnel of CRPF providing security, around 100 Income Tax sleuths, launched the raids as early as 6 am at 15 places, including the office and the residence of Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, his son Vivek and some relatives in Chennai and Chittoor in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

A top Income Tax official said Rs 30 lakh in cash in new notes and 5 kgs of gold were recovered during the raids.

-December 22, 2016, Kerala

 

Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa-Jayanthi Natarajan

Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa

By-Jayanthi Natarajan

Even as Jayalalithaa  lay in state at Rajaji Hall, media discussions and the public discourse were full of speculation about her successor, the fate of the AIADMK, and generally the future of so-called Dravidian parties and politics. The very public references to the age and health of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi, although insensitive and premature, were perhaps inevitable. The stark reality is that today politics in Tamil Nadu is suddenly in a state of flux, and it is impossible to accurately predict the future political configuration of the State, and the consequent effect upon national politics.

Jayalalithaa

DEEPER ROOTS: “For the future, Tamil Nadu’s electorate will expect transformational growth improving upon the past, with benefits of this growth extending to every community.” Picture shows Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat in Chennai, in 2005. — PHOTO: THE HINDU

A long history

The Tamil Nadu political scene has always been dynamic, and ideas and leaders from the State have been pioneers in social inclusion, gender equality and inclusive democracy, in a manner unmatched in India’s political history. Rajaji was our first Indian Governor General, and several stalwarts from Tamil Nadu contributed to the drafting of the Constitution. K. Kamaraj became president of the Indian National Congress, and the maker of Prime Ministers. As Chief Minister, he introduced the midday meal scheme to keep children in school, which was later expanded by M.G. Ramachandran, and is now implemented all over the country, and is the reason why eight out of 10 Tamilians are literate.

Without doubt therefore, Tamil Nadu, both during the Congress years and subsequently under the two “Dravidian” parties, has grown and flourished, and is certainly not some aberration from the national mainstream, because of its distinctive brand of passionate identity politics. Whatever initial separatist ideas may have been articulated by some, decades ago, were quickly set aside by all parties to pursue a distinctive type of issue and identity politics, that yielded the “Dravidian” parties rich dividends. My grandfather Bhakthavatsalam, as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, stood firm on the Congress policy of a three-language formula, namely Tamil, Hindi and English, for the State. The DMK fiercely fought the anti-Hindi agitation, and swept him and the Congress out of power in 1967 on the issue of linguistic pride. Today, although there is considerable pride in the glory of the Tamil language, the people of the State have quietly moved on to education in whatever language has the best prospects for jobs and growth. There is still pride, and identification with and love for the language, but there is also a quiet merging with the practical need of the hour. This, then, is the quintessential Tamil spirit.

The fact of a fluid political situation in Tamil Nadu, consequent on the demise of Jayalalithaa, is indubitable. It is an important State, very integral to the national mainstream, with its 39 MPs often deciding which party will rule Delhi. The two main regional parties, DMK and AIADMK, have alternately ruled Tamil Nadu since 1967, with no national party having been able to gain the traction to form a government in the State. Against this background, it would be simplistic in the extreme to argue that cult-driven (with Jayalalithaa or Karunanidhi) or identity politics alone allowed these two parties to hold Tamil Nadu in their thrall for nearly 50 years. The reasons are far more complex, not the least being impressive growth of the State under the Congress and successive DMK, AIADMK governments, and more particularly the successful appeal of the regional parties to linguistic pride, vital issues such as Cauvery waters, Sri Lankan Tamils, etc.

Pan-Indian parties are bound by obvious constraints. Having been an active member of the Congress for over 35 years, until my resignation in 2014, I have experienced these constraints with acute discomfort. There are all too often situations where the national leadership of the party has to take a neutral stand on critical issues, which resonates negatively with the people of the State — for example, on the Cauvery water dispute with Karnataka. Tamil Nadu MPs were often at their wit’s end to explain the stand of the Karnataka Congress or the national leadership to the suffering farmers of Tamil Nadu. The anti-Hindi, linguistic pride issue is another example.

Regional parties, on the other hand, are much closer to the people of the State on these issues. They are able to connect with them aggressively and raise these issues at the national level, and take extreme stands, all of which makes for compelling political gain. No Congress Chief Minister could have possibly fasted on the sands of Marina Beach, as Jayalalithaa once did, to demand setting up of a Cauvery tribunal.

Around the world, the powerful political trend of electorates looking inwards, and closing ranks, is best exemplified by the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. The appeal to close ranks, and exclude, is very potent, and needs to be seriously addressed.

As a nation, it is vital for us to integrate, particularly at a time when the economy is set to be united by a common tax system. It is equally important for all States to continue to be part of national integration, while contemporaneously articulating their legitimate rights in a spirit of cooperative federalism.

Opportunity for national parties

National parties will now see huge possibilities to expand their presence in Tamil Nadu. But the appeal of the regional parties, with their strong organisational and cadre base, is still enormous. Both the two leaves and the rising sun symbols (of the AIADMK and DMK, respectively) are very potent, synonymous with emotion as well as development.

The challenge for the regional parties is to bring order out of seeming confusion. For the AIADMK, it is to stay united and give good governance for the balance of its term, to either establish a credible collective leadership or find a leader who can begin to fill the void left by Jayalalithaa. The DMK, while being a strong opposition and a cadre-driven party, has its own challenges to overcome.

National parties need to first project their commitment and interest in the welfare of the State by clearly articulating their vision for Tamil Nadu, and while doing so manage the contradictions of pan-Indian policy-making with local imperatives. They next have to involve their State units in decision-making and project loyal and committed local leaders of promise who would be acceptable to their cadres and the people.

Till now, the democratic and egalitarian achievements of Tamil Nadu’s polity have been impressive. For the future, its electorate will expect transformational growth improving upon the past, with benefits of this growth extending to every community, particularly Dalits who are 21 per cent of the population. In order to find greater space in Tamil Nadu, national parties will have to work carefully upon their social engineering strategy, while regional parties will have to reconsider and tweak their own. Caste and social engineering play a seminal role in Tamil Nadu politics. It is also a State where intense religiosity has coexisted with atheism for decades. Religious places are filled with worshippers, and whether religion will now impact politics remains to be seen. Ultimately, along with these considerations, political parties which hope to remain relevant will have to work on an inclusive development vision to carry forward Tamil Nadu’s impressive track record. The field is wide open.

Jayanthi Natarajan is a former Union Minister, and a political activist.

 A meeting with Jayalalithaa win candidature for US presidency, Hillary Clinton

 

A meeting with Jayalalithaa helped win candidature for US presidency,Hillary Clinton

A meeting with Jayalalithaa helped Hillary Clinton win candidature for US presidency: Tamil Nadu legislator

An AIADMK MLA took the `devotion` to J Jayalalithaa to a new level when he said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister inspired Hillary Clinton to make history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from any major political party in the US.

Speaking in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Coonoor MLA A Ramu on Tuesday insisted that Hillary won the Democratic candidature only after she had met Amma in 2011.

The legislator said the historical meeting between Jayalalithaa and Hillary five years ago became the ‘pillayar suzhi’ (a symbol or a lucky omen).

“The historical change (for a woman to contest) in the US started in Tamil Nadu and it is a proud moment for all of us. Our Amma is the reason for a woman to contest for the first time in the US,” said Ramu.

“Today, the world is celebrating this meeting for its historical importance. During the meeting, Hillary understood Amma’s personality and was awestruck by her proficiency in English and her encouragement. Finally, accepting the assuring words of respected Amma, an overwhelmed US Secretary of State went back to become the presidential candidate. I would like to record that the reason for this is respected Amma,” Ramu said.

In Tamil Nadu politics, many instances of such levels of sycophancy have been recorded in the past.

-August 2, 2016, Chennai

 

 

Jayalalithaa meets PM Modi with list of 29 demands

This was her first visit after her second consecutive victory in the Assembly polls.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday and submitted a 29-point memorandum, detailing several demands of the State. This was her first visit after her second consecutive victory in the Assembly polls. She met with her party’s 50 MPs (including those in the Rajya Sabha) before going to Mr. Modi’s Race Course Road residence.

TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa presented a 29-page memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: PIB

The Prime Minister, sources said, congratulated her on her victory, accepted her memorandum and also dispatched two Ministers, Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, to meet her.

While differences between Tamil Nadu and the Centre on the GST Bill remain, the Centre is trying to reach out to her. The AIADMK has 13 members in the Rajya Sabha. Being a constitutional amendment, the GST Bill requires passage by a special majority in both Houses of Parliament.

Among the demands of Ms. Jayalalithaa were the formation of a Cauvery Management Board and a Cauvery Water Regulation Committee, restoration of water level at Mullaperiyar to 152 feet, and the interlinking of rivers.

Differences with Centre on GST

The memorandum also elaborated on the State’s continuing differences with the Centre on some aspects of the Goods and Services Tax Bill, expressing concern over the “huge permanent revenue loss it is likely to cause to a manufacturing and net exporting State like Tamil Nadu.” It also underlined the concern that the proposed legislation would impact the “fiscal autonomy” of the States.

The memorandum contended that the proposed GST Council jeopardised the autonomy of the States in fiscal matters, demanded that petroleum products be kept out of the GST and sought “a constitutionally mandated independent compensation mechanism for full compensation of revenue losses suffered by the States for a period of not less than five years.”

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman later discussed some of the demands of Ms. Jayalalithaa with her. “One of the demands was the extension of the industrial corridor between Vishakhapatnam and Thoothukudi. My suggestion was that we could extend a connection between Thoothukudi and Colachel port in order to facilitate trade in goods,” Ms Sitharaman said.

The State has also demanded the early commissioning of Unit-II of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. The other key demands included the setting up of an All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in the State, along with addressing the issues related to NEET.

NEW DELHI, June 14, 2016

I am indebted to people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa

I am indebted to people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayaalithaa said on Thursday that she was “indebted” to the people of Tamil Nadu for re-electing the AIADMK to power in assembly elections. “I am overwhelmed by the resounding victory given by the people of Tamil Nadu. My party and I are indebted to the people of Tamil Nadu,” she said as the AIADMK proved exit polls wrong by retaining power. “After 1984, no ruling party in the state has been able to win an election and form the government for a successive term,” she said.
The chief minister said she would show gratitude to the people of Tamil Nadu by working with renewed vigour and fulfilling the election promises.
On an emotive note, she said there was no word in dictionary to describe her feelings about the AIADMK win. The victory “is truly historic”.
Jayalalithaa said she had no other interest in life other than working for the betterment of Tamil Nadu. She said the people had shown faith in her. “I also have faith in them. I am by the people and for the people.” She said she believed in God and had an alliance with the people. “I did not have any mega political alliance.”
-19 May 2016 | IANS | Chennai

Chennai braces up for ’emergency’ as city witnesses record rains in last 48 hours

Chennai braces up for ’emergency’ as city witnesses record rains in last 48 hours

Chennai braces up for 'emergency' as city witnesses record rains in last 48 hours

 

With the awful memories of the last year’s floods still fresh in their mind, people in Chennai have begun preparations to tackle the worst situation in coming days.

The MeT Department has issued a cyclone alert for north Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh, predicting heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.

The reports say that the local civic body has deployed over 1000 officials to handle any emergency situation. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been kept on stand-by with boats to handle any flood-like situation.

Heavy rainfall will continue in Tamil Nadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry during the next 24 hours, the weather department had said in a release.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) earlier said that a depression over southwest Bay of Bengal will move 90 km east of Chennai and 70 km of the coast in few hours.

According to the IMD, wind speed reaching 55-65 km per hour gusting to 75 km per hour would prevail along and off north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 24 hours and south Andhra Pradesh coast during next 48 hours.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea as sea condition will be very rough during the next 48 hours.

 

-May 18, 2016, New Delhi

 

AAP govt spent 15 cr in 3 months for ads in print media

AAP govt spent 15 cr in 3 months for ads in print media 

Delhi’s AAP government spent nearly Rs 15 crore on advertisements in the print media during the 91-day period till May 11, according to an RTI reply.
The list of publications which had received money from the Kejriwal government for carrying the advertisments interestingly included dailes from Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha and Tamil Nadu among other states.
The Delhi government disbursed a total amount of Rs 14.56 crore for advertising excluding broadcast from February 10 to May 11, according to a reply provided to a RTI query by advocate Aman Panwar. The AAP government came under attack from the opposition Congress today for its advertising campaigns.
“On one hand we don’t have money to pay to safai karamcharis for salary, on one hand we don’t have money even to pay for pension but on the other they are spending huge amounts(for advertisments) for self publicity,” Congress Leader Ajay Maken said.
The Delhi government spent around Rs 5 crore in publicising the two rounds of the odd-even scheme, implemented for 15 days each in January and April respectively, the Lok Sabha was told recently.
Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that expenditure of print media stood at Rs 1.67 crore while an amount of Rs 3.72 crore was spent to advertise the road-rationing policy on electronic media.
“As informed by the government of NCT of Delhi, the total expenditure on odd and even campaign so far is Rs 539.41 lakh (Rs 5.39 crore),” the Minister said in reply to a question.
The Opposition has targeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the the odd-even measure, enforced as an anti-pollution initiative by the AAP government, terming it as a “publicity stunt”.
-16 May 2016 | PTI | New Delhi