Free bicycle initiative in Punjab
The Punjab state distributed free bicycles to all girls studying in Class 11 and Class 12 in government schools under the Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme. [Representational Image] / AFP / NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has been slammed the opposition party after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government distributed free bicycles to the state's students with the logo of Karnataka government on them.

On Saturday, the bicycles distributed to some of the government schools in the district of Villupuram had the logo of the Karnataka government's free bicycle scheme.

The cycles were distributed at three different schools at an event that was chaired by the state's law minister CV Shanmugam. According to the education department officials, about three-fourths of the cycles that were distributed at the program had the logo of Karnataka governments scheme instead of Tamil Nadu governments' logo.

Around 6,600 bicycles were distributed to the high school students of Tindivanam education block. The parents accused the state government of providing shoddy cycles that were rejected by Karnataka.

"Distribution of free bicycles to students of higher secondary schools was a noble scheme introduced by Amma (former chief minister J Jayalalithaa) to help students from poor families to pursue higher education. The present government has shown its callous attitude even in implementing this noble scheme," TTV Dinakaran, founder of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

The party was already under attack by the opposition for the delayed visit of CM Palaniswami to the cyclone hit areas of the state. Opposition leader MK Stalin of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party had earlier stated CM's visit including the distribution of relief materials was a mere 'setup'.