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AIADMK cadres deface city walls for Jaya’s birthday AIADMK cadres deface city walls for Jaya’s birthday

Feb-17-2015 | 0 Comments

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COIMBATORE: AIADMK cadres paint city red and black to celebrate former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's birthday that falls on February 24. Even though their leader would soon be facing appeal hearing in the high profile disproportionate assets case, party cadres are planning a series of events, the first of which is a prize distribution ceremony after a basketball match on Monday.

However, the encroachment of pavements, with hoardings being installed, has not gone down well with residents. NGOs and civic activists have made several representations to the district collector and corporation commissioner regarding the matter.

"Even though the Coimbatore corporation has passed a resolution in April 2013 stating that action would be initiated against those defacing the city by erecting illegal banners and painting the walls, very little has been done to enforce it. This year, the AIADMK party cadres have taken to city medians as well which is a distraction to the commuters," said Manoj Arun, a civic activist. According to another activist, the digital hoarding at Ramanathapuram junction erected for MG Ramachandran's birthday has not removed even after seven days which is the permitted time period.

Residents say that a month before MGR's birthday, cadres left no wall unturned. "Now, they have begun painting every wall in the city," said Rajendiran, a resident. Members of an NGO, my city clean city (MC3) said that they had spent an entire day cleaning the walls on Brookebond road, an effort which cost them Rs20,000. "I met the commissioner and the district collector to inform them about this. But no action was taken," said C Kishore, head of the NGO. "Officials said that zones would be created in public spaces where posters and paintings could be put up. Other walls in the city should not be disturbed," he added.

AIADMK cadres have announced that a gold chain or a gold ring would be given to every new born child in the government hospital on February 24. Apart from this, there would be daily poojas in Jayalalithaa's name, blood donation camps and planting of saplings. Food would also be distributed at orphanages and old age homes.

On February 24, a grand celebration would be organized at the party office which would include a cake cutting ceremony. "We will distribute sewing machines, tricycles and handbags to the disabled," said one cadre.

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