Taking a dig at north Indian residents right here, Minister PK Sekar Babu on Wednesday stated over time, together with the 2021 Tamil Nadu Meeting polls, they haven’t voted for the DMK. The get together’s elected representatives, nonetheless, have labored for them and would proceed to take action because it thought-about them as “one among us,” he stated.
His remarks got here in for sturdy criticism from the BJP and a few social media customers. Babu, Minister for Hindu Non secular and Charitable Endowments Division, stated although he was once requested as to why he labored for them as they didn’t vote for the DMK, his reply was that they too had been sons of this soil, which was additionally the get together’s stand.
The work for the north Indian folks by DMK relies on the precept that an elected consultant, an MLA or the Chief Minister is frequent to all of the folks, regardless of whether or not or not somebody had voted in favour of a celebration that gained polls, he stated. A number of areas of north Chennai, notably plenty of localities falling underneath the Harbour Meeting constituency, is residence to numerous folks, who’re natives of primarily Rajasthan and a piece of them, Gujarat.
Babu, a DMK district secretary (Chennai-East), was elected from Harbour seat. The get together’s elected representatives, him and the Lok Sabha MP (Central Chennai) Dayanidhi Maran totally labored to protect the pursuits of residents, who’re natives of north India in issues together with constraints in constructing homes, he stated.
“We have worked for you without expecting anything in return,” Babu stated addressing an occasion organised by Mahavir Worldwide Chennai Metro (MICM) right here. Regardless of the work by means of the years, be it the Lok Sabha polls of 2019 or the Meeting elections together with 2021, most individuals from the group didn’t vote for the DMK, he stated.
“We did not get remarkable number of votes from areas where you live in large numbers. It does not matter. Even if you have not voted for us, we will continue to work for you.” Throughout his marketing campaign for the April 6 Meeting polls, Babu stated the get together had fervently appealed to the group to vote in its favour although that they had not carried out so in earlier elections. Nonetheless, the get together was not chosen and citing an instance, Babu stated in a selected locality, the DMK bought 50 votes and the BJP about 300.
If requested about their alternative, the group members had maintained that their vote was for the DMK, he stated. In search of to reject their declare, the Minister stated on this age of Digital Voting Machines, particular, area-wise information on the voters’s alternative will be zeroed in, he stated.
Such information for the 2021 polls revealed that they didn’t vote for DMK this time too, whose MLA and MP labored for them, he stated in an apparent snide comment. Regardless of them not voting for DMK, the get together and its elected representatives wouldn’t ignore them, he stated.
“We, the DMK are here to work for you,” he stated and quoted a couplet from Tamil basic ‘Thirukkural’ to buttress his level. The crux of the ‘Inna Seitharai’ couplet is nice deeds for even those that have been dangerous and Babu stated he would ship a replica of the Hindi model of Thirukkural to them.
“We welcome good deeds, whoever does it,” he stated on the free meals distribution, meals financial institution initiative of MICM to assist folks affected by the pandemic. “We don’t consider you as people from outside. We consider you as from our state. We regard you as one among us,” the Minister stated and thanked the organisers of the occasion.
The Minister’s remarks got here in for extreme criticism from a piece of social media customers. BJP’s nationwide president of mahila morcha and MLA from Coimbatore-south, Vanathi Srinivasan tweeted, “The hatred spewed by Minister Sekar Babu against North Indians are condemnable and disturbing.” “To see elected officials discriminate Indians on the basis of their native roots is against every grain and soul of our constitution. Thiru. @mkstalin should take immediate action.” When votes for the Meeting polls had been counted on Could 2, in plenty of rounds, BJP’s Vinoj P Selvam was main in Harbour constituency.
Selvam finally completed runner-up and the Saffron get together, an ally of the AIADMK secured 32,043 votes and DMK’s Babu bought 59,317 votes.