AIADMK counters impact of DVAC raids by highlighting electricity and property tax hikes

CHENNAI: Police officers saluting ministers and then raiding their residences are commonplace in Tamil Nadu, thanks to the regime change.

The usual response from the opposition party to the fire of vigilance and the anti-corruption department is a detailed statement or press briefings that the raids are an act of political vendetta. But, the AIADMK had slightly modified its answer and changed the previous model.

He was talking more about inflation, rising property tax, electric utility charges and the consumer cost index in the state, giving the ruling DMK and its executives a race to their money.

It is learned that the AIADMK has asked its keynote speakers to comment on the property tax and EB tariff while discussing the DVAC raids on TV talk shows, on social media, and in town hall meetings.

“DMK promised monthly EB meter reading, but they increased the electricity charge. They protested the property tax review under AIADMK, but now the water tax and ownership has been overhauled by 150%,” thundered former AIADMK Justice Minister CVe Shanmugam, calling the raids an act of blood feud and bad governance.

AIADMK spokesman News J also issued a series of bulletins stating that the raids were government eye candy to deflect public outcry on state issues such as EB fee hikes, property and water taxes, the NEET exemption and rising milk prices.

The AIADMK’s IT wing also produced memes asking the CM to focus on poll promises made ahead of the Assembly polls.

Former Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar wondered, “How many times will the state police raid AIADMK leaders?”

It is a fact that AIADMK leaders are targeted by the DVAC and such raids tarnish their image. However, it is something like a double jeopardy where the matter is extended in a defamatory manner, said lawyer and political observer S Agneeswaran.

Opposition leader Edappadi K Palaniswami had also mentioned in his statement that the raids were orchestrated by the state to divert public attention from issues such as the property tax review and rising electricity charges. , noted Agneeswaran.

Penny D. Jackson