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TN Minister denies saying Govt welfare schemes only for AIADMK card holders

TN Minister denies saying Govt welfare schemes only for AIADMK card holders
Madurai/Chennai: Tamil Nadu minister Sellur K Raju on Monday denied having said that only AIADMK card holders would be given government welfare measures, and claimed that "falsehood" was being spread.
"A falsehood is being spread that I had said government items (schemes) will be
available only for those
holding AIADMK membership card. This is a false message," he told reporters at Madurai.
Raju said there was no legal provision to restrict government schemes to supporters of a particular political
party and added that he
only sought to ensure new entrants to AIADMK had secured their party membership cards.
Referring to the ruling AIADMK's universal free rice distribution scheme,
he said, "We don't see (if beneficiaries of the rice scheme) are AIADMK families (i.e. supporters)."
About his reported controversial statement, the state cooperatives minister claimed, "never said so."
On Sunday, media reports had quoted him as saying at an event in Madurai, "AIADMK party card is what identifies us and is equal to our life
itself... every party member should have it. All party members should have the card. Only if you have it, can you get
government welfare schemes benefits either for you or your family."
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