In a move aimed at ensuring more freedom for women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the much appreciated ‘Amma Scooter Scheme’ on February 24 in Chennai. What’s interesting about the date is that the scheme is being launched on the birth anniversary of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa. The scheme has been developed by the Tamil Nadu government and was part of the AIADMK manifesto. Speaking to The Indian Express, V Maitreyan, AIADMK MP and senior party leader confirmed PM Modi’s visit. Maitreyan said that the scooter programme for women at a subsidised price was Jayalalithaa’s pet project. He added, “The implementation of the scheme was in our manifesto for the 2016 elections and she (Jayalalithaa) had announced the scheme after we won the Assembly polls.”
“We welcome Modi’s decision to launch the much talked about the scheme on her birthday,” he said. Maitreyan is close to Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam and some of the high profile BJP leaders in Delhi.
However, a senior leader from AIADMK said that Panneerselvam’s remarks that Prime Minister Modi insisted that he join hands with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. This remark had hurt the BJP leadership and went on to call it a “betrayal of confidence” by the deputy CM. He said, “Deputy CM Panneerselvam shouldn’t have revealed his talk with PM Narendra Modi. This was a betrayal of confidence, and now the PM will think twice before giving us any advice in future.”
Another senior leader from the party has stated that statement from AIADMK leader about Modi’s role was not initiated to embarrass the Prime Minister. The party leader said, “Panneerselvam was hurt for not having to meet PM Modi, and he was speaking at the rally from his heart.” The leader was pointing out the complaints from those in Panneerselvam camp that Palaniswami had sidelined them.