Less than two weeks earlier than Tamil Nadu goes to vote, former Union Minister A Raja has provoked a significant controversy by calling Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, popularly referred to as EPS, “worth less than [DMK chief MK] Stalin’s slipper”.
“Till the other day, Edappadi Palaniswami worked in ‘vellamandi‘ (jaggery market), how can he be competition to Stalin? The value of Stalin’s chappal is more than you by one rupee. And he dares Stalin to challenge him?” Mr Raja mentioned throughout an election assembly.
“The guts that Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Modi did not have, Edappadi is showing because he believes the money he has looted and his party will save him. He says he will stop Stalin. If he does that even on a single day, I humbly inform him that his car won’t go from his residence to office,” he mentioned.
Taking the provocative jibe on his chin, Mr Palaniswami determined so as to add to the narrative that he has been constructing all via this marketing campaign that he’s a farmer and got here from a poor household and subsequently would keep humble.
He mentioned he had risen from meagre means to develop into Chief Minister whereas Mr Stalin had been born with a silver spoon as his father had been Chief Minister. “After all, it is the only party that did a scam even with invisible air,” EPS mentioned in one among his marketing campaign rallies in Madurai’s Melur, referring to the 2G spectrum scandal.
“See what is the language he has used. That my value is one rupee less than the chappal worn by Stalin. See how they talk. How can he compare a Chief Minister to a chappal? Let it be. I will stay who I am. After all, I am a farmer and us poor will be that way. We work hard and only buy whatever we can afford. But they are not like that. They were behind a Rs 1.76 lakh crore corruption scam and can buy whatever they want,” EPS mentioned.
Set to vote on April 6, Tamil Nadu is predicted to see a contest largely between the ruling AIADMK, combating again after a disastrous outing in final yr’s basic election, and a resurgent DMK within the opposition. Votes will probably be counted on May 2.