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Tamil Nadu Minister, has courted controversy by saying that government welfare measures would be given only to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) card holders, even as Deputy Chief Minister, O Panneerselvam, said that such schemes were meant for all.

He stated this yesterday at an event here to enrol new members and to renew membership of those who had completed five years.

“AIADMK party card is what identifies us and is equal to our life. 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,” he had said here.

On the vexed Cauvery river water issue, Raju said that the chief minister was taking appropriate steps to secure the state’s share of water from Karnataka.

Referring to the local body polls, he said AIADMK is always ready to face any elections.

However, Panneerselvam said that all government welfare measures are aimed at benefiting the ordinary and poor people and all sections of society, irrespective of party affiliations.

He said Karnataka has declined water to Tamil Nadu and that steps were being taken to initiate legal measures to secure water for the state.

“We have a right to seek water for our standing crops,” he said.moneycontrol