Even as Chennai battles historic floods, power cuts and shortage of essential commodities, relief materials are being allowed into certain parts of the city only if they carry a sticker of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, according to a report in an English daily.
Several people have taken to Twitter and have alleged that relief materials are being allowed only when they carry a mandatory sticker of the CM.
The images shared also allegedly show AIADMK volunteers sticking posters and fliers on relief packets. These incidents were reported mostly in Chennai and Cuddalore.
What went viral was Jayalalithaa’s poster depicting her as Baahubali, apparently implying that she was the one suffering during the floods in Tamil Nadu.
One user lamented the alleged behaviour of AIADMK workers in the time of crisis.
An angry mob spilled on to the streets when senior ministers Natham Viswanathan, Sellur Raju and Gokul Indira visited RK Nagar, Jayalalithaa’s constituency, and gheraoed and heckled them over the issue.
At a press conference held on Friday in the Secretariat, the power minister Natham Viswanathan and Chief Secretary Gnanadesikan claimed that rescue works carried on by the government were were “extraordinary” and also blamed the opposition for criticism on relief work. The government ministers claimed that the opposition’s reaction was a politically-motivated move in order to influence assembly elections that would take place in early 2016.