M Subramanian, CM Jayalalithaa talks over 'building bridges'
CHENNAI: Municipal administration department, M Subramanian had to match wits with the Tamil Nadu CM herself as he projected the achievements of the DMK and M K Stalin.
When Subramanian asked whether the AIADMK government had managed to lay a foundation stone for at least one flyover in the last five years in Chennai, Jayalalithaa said her previous government had spent Rs 114.95 crore towards constructing bridges and its maintenance, with the most recent one being the Kathivakkam-Cochrane Basin Road flyover.
When Subramanian said it was a historic assembly, she said: "If it is historic why did the DMK shift it to a ship wrecked building?" referring to the Omandurar Estate complex. Subramanian retorted that he was referring to the assembly, and not Fort St George, as historic. J Jayalalithaa sought to re mind him that his intervention on civic issues belonged in the corporation and was out of sync in the legislative assembly. At one point, she asked speaker P Dhanapal to wind up the Saidapet MLA's speech and not waste the assembly's time.
Earlier, when minister for municipal administration SP Velumani said that the flyovers built by Jaya were for the benefit of the people, unlike in the DMK regime which, he said, constructed bridges without any foresight, Subramanian shot back saying that the flyovers built during Stalin's period had been awarded for their quality. To this, Jayalalithaa reeled out a list of 10 awards her administration had received in the last five years.
"Where is Subramanian taking this argument? Does he think that we are sitting in the Assembly or the corporation council hall? I have my doubts," she said. As if on cue, Subramanian suffered a slip of the tongue, when, instead of addressing the Speaker, he uttered 'honourable mayor', which was enough for the charged up AIADMK contingent to laugh at the former mayor.
Subramanian then asked why would the AIADMK government claim credit for the Metro Rail project, if it was opposed to it a decade ago.
As the assembly hall fell silent, then she responded, "I am not refuting my words. The Metro project was started by the time my government assumed charge in 2011.
It could not be stopped mid-way and it had to be completed," she said.