Makkal Needhi Maiam Party President Mr Kamal Haasan meet farmers at Egmore Railway Station at 11:30 am on platform No 4. in Chennai on Sunday. The MNS president was there to inspect the relief work on-ground and to discuss the problems that the locals are facing after cyclone Gaja left the delta region of Tamil Nadu in a state of extreme disruption.
(Makkal Needhi Maiam Party President Mr Kamal Haasan interacting with farmers)
(MNM Party President Mr Kamal Haasan interacting with farmers)
Speaking to the media, Kamal Haasan said that the people are agitated as not enough efforts have been taken by the government to provide relief to the people. He said:
"We are here to criticized as the opposition party. We are not allied with them politically but in a time like this where its a disaster of actual level, we all have to forget these lines and blur these lines and help the people. During the course of the help we are constrained to comment on what is happening on ground. Displacing the government legally is another exercise. It shall be done through electoral poll. Now, if this kind of delay continues it will be a crime against people. They must arrange officers. This service cannot be done through their arm chair. The government will have to go out there and fill the damage, appease the people because they are agitated".
Earlier in November, Mr Kamal Haasan had started the relief work from Thanjavur 'Gurudayal Sarma Kalyana Mandapam' after he addressed the media in Trichy. In a press release, Makkal Needhi Maiam Party has mentioned that relief material worth Rs 1.2 crores was collected and dispatched to the affected areas in 60-70 vehicles by party members.
He meet each and every driver of the vehicles carrying the relief material in Tanjore. He explained them the dos and don’ts and also told the drivers how important it is that the relief material reaches the desired people safely. He also visited the affected areas to extend his solidarity to the people and inspect the relief measures his party was undertaking there.
Cyclone Gaja which crossed the Tamil Nadu coast early on November 16 between Nagapattinam and nearby Vedaranyam. It had claimed 46 lives and left a trail of destruction in over ten districts, including Nagapttinam, Thiruvarur, Puthukottai, and Thanjavur which suffered severe damage. The Tamil Nadu government had earlier released a sum of Rs 1000 crore for immediate relief and rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas.