Exactly two days after securing a landslide victory in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, DMK President and Chief Minister-elect MK Stalin had gone through disturbing scenes in Chennai on Tuesday where two DMK members were seen damaging and vandalizing the premises of Amma Unavagam (Amma Canteen). The video had shocked the DMK leadership and warranted immediate action against the miscreants.
Amma Unavagam is a state-owned low-cost eatery established by ADMK's J Jayalalithaa when she was ruling the state. The eatery has garnered massive reception from the people across the state as it had served food at a very low and affordable cost. Jayalalithaa's pilot project has been playing a vital role in alleviating hunger among the middle and low-class people and these canteens had served food at the same cost during the disastrous times from floods to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the project was a hit in Tamil Nadu, DMK President MK Stalin has announced in the party's manifesto for the assembly polls that the party will also establish a similar eatery under the name of late DMK President Karunanidhi. Stalin had won the assembly elections with a resounding majority and his victory was confirmed on Sunday. Exactly two days after registering a historic victory, the DMK leaders were shocked to see the party members vandalizing the premises of Amma Canteen in Chennai.
According to reports, two members of DMK were seen vandalizing the Amma Canteen in JJ Nagar, Chennai. In a video that has been going viral on social media, the members can be seen destroying the boards of Amma Canteen, with Jayalalithaa's picture on it, that were hoarded in the premises. A man was seen kicking Jayalalithaa's picture while another man can be seen walking with a torn poster and dumping it outside the building.
The members were seen with a DMK scarf and they had left the place by stunning the people. The video of vandalizing was released by the ADMK on its Twitter page and the visuals had also shown that the police personnel and visited the spot and probed about the incident.
ADMK leader D Jayakumar, who lost the race, had slammed the DMK and its members for dishonouring Amma Canteen and TTV Dhinakaran, the Chief of AMMK had also strongly condemned the incident. Taking to Twitter, Dhinakaran said, "If they (DMK) are behaving like this even before the swearing-in, I worry about what they will do next in the future."
He further stated, "This incident is a testament that DMK will never change and God has to save the people of Tamil Nadu." As the video was widespread, the DMK leadership has immediately initiated action against the responsible members. The members were expelled from the party and legal action has been initiated. Stalin has also ordered the local DMK leaders to fix and damages and hoard the board again in the Amma Canteen.
DMK's leader MA Subramanian, who is the newly elected MLA of Saidapet and former Chennai Mayor, had taken to Twitter and wrote, "Respectable party president (MK Stalin) has ordered to initiate action on two party members and to put back the board at the same place. He ordered to expel the two DMK members immediately from the party." Subramanian has also released the video in which the members can be seen pasting the broken board on the premises. The MLA had asserted that the party will take immediate action against those who commit any wrong.
மதுரவாயல் பகுதியில் அரசு உணவகத்தின் பெயர் பலகையை எடுத்த இரண்டு கழக தோழர்கள் மீது சட்டரீதியான நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கவும், பெயர் பலகையை மீண்டும் அதே இடத்தில் வைக்கவும்,அவ்விருவரை கழகத்திலிருந்து நீக்கவும் வணக்கத்திற்குரிய கழகத்தலைவர் அவர்கள் உடனடியாக உத்தரவிட்டார்... pic.twitter.com/8FjmbSzTgS— Subramanian.Ma (@Subramanian_ma) May 4, 2021