Less than two weeks before Tamil Nadu passed the vote, former Union Minister A Raja sparked major controversy by calling Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, popularly known as EPS, “worth less. than [DMK chief MK] Stalin’s slipper “.
“Until the other day, Edappadi Palaniswami worked in ‘vellamandi‘(jaggery market), how can he compete with Stalin? The value of Stalin’s chappal is more than you a rupee. And he dares to challenge Stalin? Mr. Raja said at an election meeting.
“The courage that Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Modi did not have, Edappadi shows because he believes that the money he looted and that his party will save him. He says he will stop Stalin. the fact even one day, I humbly inform him that his car will not go from his residence to the office, ”he said.
Taking the provocative jibe on his chin, Mr. Palaniswami decided to add to the tale he has built throughout this campaign that he is a farmer and comes from a poor family and that he would therefore remain humble.
He said he spent meager means to become chief minister when Mr. Stalin was born with a silver spoon because his father had been chief minister. “After all, this is the only party that scammed even with an invisible air,” EPS said during one of its Melur election rallies in Madurai, referring to the 2G spectrum scandal.
“See what language he used. That my value is one rupee less than the chappal worn by Stalin. See how they speak. How does he compare a chief minister to a chappal? . I will remain who I am. After all, I am a farmer and we the poor will be. We work hard and only buy what we can afford. But they are not like that. They were behind a 1.76 lakh lakh corruption scam and can buy whatever they want, ”EPS said.
Ready to vote on April 6, Tamil Nadu is expected to witness a competition mainly between the ruling AIADMK, fighting back after a disastrous exit in the 2019 general election, and a resurgent DMK in opposition. Votes will be counted on May 2.