2 min read.Updated: 05 Dec 2015, 04:30 PM ISTP.R. Sanjai
NGOs and others blocked by AIADMK party members or forced to paste Jayalalithaa stickers on relief items can lodge their complaints with the party
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), the ruling party of Tamil Nadu led by J Jayalalithaa, promised to take strict action against party workers who blocked volunteers or forced them to paste her pictures on relief materials meant for Chennai flood victims.
AIADMK said on Saturday that it was working to let all types of volunteers concentrate on doing their job in the rain-battered city.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others that are blocked by AIADMK party members or forced to paste Jayalalithaa stickers on relief items can lodge their complaints at party headquarters via phone (044-28130787, 044-28132266, 044-28133510), email (email@example.com) or tweet (@aiadmkofficial), according to two senior AIADMK officials.
The AIADMK party workers’ decision to stick Jayalalithaa’s pictures on relief material and use the rescue efforts for publicity faced severe criticism from Chennai residents and others on social media.
While the rains have subsided, the city and other parts of Tamil Nadu are yet to recover from the flooding caused by the heaviest rains in a century that claimed over 300 lives and forced the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to undertake its most massive flood relief operation ever.
Some on Twitter particularly lamented the unfair and insensitive act of those AIADMK party workers who pasted Jayalalithaa photos on relief packets that had not even been organized by the state government.
“#Amma stickers forcibly being pasted on relief items fr flood victims by thugs & goons! #shameless #Jayalalithaa #HelpChennai #pitythevoters," Kiran Sanal wrote on his microblogging website on Saturday.
However, AIADMK denied any such forceful act.
“We are allowing every single volunteer to enter the specified area and supply relief materials. Nobody is stopping them. Its a false propanganda," said the first official cited earlier, who is leading the rescue operations from RK Nagar, the constituency from where Jayalalithaa won the by-elections this year.
The official said Jayalalithaa’s photos were pasted only on relief materials provided by the state government agencies.
“But we are not forcing anyone to paste chief minister’s photograph on materials organised by others. If found, we will take strict action against them. As I see, all volunteers are allowed to supply dresses, food and other materials without any restriction. These are baseless allegations," the official added.
However, the AIADMK’s official website and Twitter handle did not have any details of the proposed plan against AIADMK workers.
“Nobody need to oblige such nonsensical request like placing party stickers in relief material. This may be one off and due to some over excited party guy," wrote an AIADMK party worker in a Twitter post.
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