Bomb threat to Jaya AIADMK's creation, alleges Alagiri

Madurai: Union minister M K Alagiri on Saturday dismissed AIADMK's claims of bomb threat to party supremo Jayalalithaa during her proposed rally here next month as its "own creation".

"They have themselves written the letter and claim there is a threat. There is no such threat," Alagiri, also DMK South Zone Organising Secretary, said.

The purported letter threatening to carry out a bomb attack during AIADMK agitation was the party's own creation, he said.

Ignoring the threat letter warning of a bomb attack on her if she went ahead with the Madurai rally, Jayalalithaa had yesterday said she will launch a protest here on October 18 against the ruling DMK on various issues.

The threat letters were received at the AIADMK-backed Jaya TV office in Chennai on August 28. Police have registered a case and investigations are on.

Hitting back at Jayalalithaa for announcing the protest against the DMK Government, Alagiri said she had no "right to criticise the welfare measures being implemented by the ruling party."

The AIADMK chief had not visited her Andipatti constituency after winning the elections, he said.

"She is neither visiting the constituency nor doing good to the people, but criticise us when we are doing good to the people," he said.

He accused Jayalalithaa of scrapping all the DMK's welfare scheme during her regime and said "the present government has implemented those schemes by doubling the allocation for them."

Alagiri, elected to Lok Sabha from Madurai, said a water desalination plant would be set up at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore from the MPLAD fund for the benefit of residents in the constituency.

Around 11,649 hut dwellers in Madurai would be benefited by Kalaingar's Housing Scheme, he said, adding the rural employment guarantee programme had benefited 74,815 people.