Commissioner of Police S. Davidson Devasirvatham should loathe extravagance, if his speech during a recent event in Madurai is anything to go by.

The Madurai Panthadi Mahal Residents’ Welfare Association had installed 40 surveillance cameras on 11 streets in Panthadi area. The Commissioner was called to inaugurate them at a function organised on Thursday. Speaking at the function, he remarked that the association could have installed at least 10 more cameras with the money they had spent for the function. “I expected it to be a small event. However, you have made elaborate arrangements. We (himself and other officials) would have come even if the function was organised in a simple manner,” he said amid applause from the organisers.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam laid the foundation stone for the city of their party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, at Paravai near Madurai on Sunday.

Hundreds of cadre watched the bhoomi puja from a distance. The building is to be built on an area of 6,000 square feet. The Chief Minister said, once built, the office would serve as a meeting place for members to interact and discuss politics.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the plan was to build a party office in each major city in the State.

“Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa conceptualised the project two years back while she was unwell. Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju and other party dignitaries have done a great job in scouting for space and taking the project forward,” he said.

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