After a high-decibel political drama during the trust vote session on Saturday, Edappadi Palaniswami-led AIADMK faction has finally attended the first day at office today. Palaniswami started off his chief ministerial journey by paying tribute to late J Jayalalithaa and on his first day a much confident CM and his leaders have announced 5 major public welfare schemes for the state. While talking to media in his first speech as the CM today, Palaniswami said, “When Amma (Jayalalithaa) was chief minister, she introduced a lot of public welfare schemes. I am following Amma’s policy and will work in order to fulfill all her dreams.” He further informed that he has signed 5 schemes as announced by Amma.
He are the key takeaways from Palaniswami’s speech today:
i. More than 500 liquor shops across the state will be shut down
ii. The state government has decided to provide maternity assistance of Rs 18,000 to 6 lakh women
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iii. The government will give 50 per cent subsidy to one lakh women to buy two-wheeler vehicles.
iv. Fund of Rs 85 cr allocated to build houses for fishermen.
v. The government will also release the drought relief fund for farmers.
Apart from the above mentioned welfare schemes, the newly appointed CM has also said that his government will work towards providing clear water to all. After winning the much controversial trust vote, Palaniswami-led AIADMK faction has started with governing the state. However, the DMK seems unsatisfied with the same and have moved Madras High Court against the incumbent CM calling the trust vote illegal. It is also being reported that O Panneerselvam, who had controversially resigned from his post as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, is also to go to the High Court against the Chief Minister.
The special Assembly session conducted on Saturday witnessed a massive chaos as the opposition party members, including Congress and DMK along with O Panneerselvam section, demanded a secret ballot, but the speaker rejected it. Even the media were not allowed to enter the Assembly premises. A high extent of collateral damage was caused inside and even an official got injured in the violence and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.