“Stalin is not in power and he can say anything, but a state government must study the situation and must decide on any plans or announcements before they are made public. Stalin learns the details when he is under way and claims that the state government is implementing whatever he says, ”the chief minister said, addressing reporters at the secretariat.
In recent times, Stalin, in almost every election meeting, has claimed that the state is implementing everything it has promised. Stalin’s words are true to some extent, as his election promises to waive jewelry loans and waive loans for women’s self-help groups were announced by the Chief Minister in the Assembly.
Responding to Stalin’s claims and questions posed by the media that the state renounced loans after DMK’s promise, the chief minister said the promises made by DMK focused on elections and that they did not had never made such requests to the Assembly before.
When asked if all the loan waivers he announced were also intended to garner votes, the chief minister said the announcements had nothing to do with the election. “Promises are usually made by political parties in their election manifesto, but loan waiver announcements are made by the state government. DMK can only make promises, but only the government can implement them, ”said the Chief Minister.
Asked about DMK’s allegations about the bidding process, Chief Minister Palaniswami responded that the AIADMK-led state government was following the electronic bidding system while DMK was following the box bidding system. As for the electronic tendering system, the whole system is transparent, added the chief minister. Regarding the debt burden due to waivers, the chief minister said that all Indian states are borrowing and it is made to implement social protection programs.