‘If wel­fare schemes are crit­i­cised, a true party cadre would get an­gry’

CM asks how can DMK, which ear­lier al­lied with BJP, slam govt for its good ties with Cen­tre

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU -

ON a day politi­cos cut­ting across party lines con­demned the dis­so­lu­tion of Sri Lankan Par­lia­ment, Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami termed the con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try a ‘Mur­der of Democ­racy’. Ad­dress­ing re­porters at the city air­port on Satur­day, the chief min­is­ter did not mince his words while rais­ing con­cerns over the rights of Tamils in the Is­land Na­tion.

Later, Palaniswami launched a broad­side against the Leader of Op­po­si­tion, M K Stalin, say­ing the lat­ter viewed win­ning the polls as the a means to power, and was not con­cerned with up­lift­ing the lot of the cit­i­zens. He was equally cat­e­gor­i­cal in dis­miss­ing al­le­ga­tions against AIADMK cadre for un­leash­ing vi­o­lence against the­atres screen­ing Vi­jaystar­rer Sarkar. “If wel­fare schemes are crit­i­cised, a true party cadre would get an­gry. How­ever, those wreak­ing vi­o­lence on cinema halls were not from our party,” he said.

Sin­gling out DMK for its sus­tained cam­paign to de­fame the govern­ment, the chief min­is­ter said, “Once DMK al­lied with the BJP, and was also a part of the Cen­tral govern­ment, with Mura­soli Maran even bag­ging a port­fo­lio. When Mura­soli maran was hos­pi­tal­ized for over a year, he en­joyed the perks of the post. If they could ally with BJP, how can they take a moral higher ground and crit­i­cise AIADMK, which is hav­ing cor­dial re­la­tions with the Cen­tre. We are not al­ly­ing with the BJP. We sup­port them when they do good for the peo­ple.”

Casti­gat­ing the DMK for its shift­ing loy­al­ties based on what party en­joyed power at the cen­tre, Palaniswami said, “When­ever the BJP loses sup­port, DMK shifts al­le­giance to Con­gress. It shifts loy­alty to be al­ways in power. Were the DMK con­cerned over is­sues af­flict­ing the State, why did they not raise Palar Dam is­sue with Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Chan­drababu Naidu when they landed in Delhi to cob­ble to­gether an al­liance.” Palar has been an emo­tive is­sue ever since Andhra Pradesh govern­ment con­structed about 20 check dams across the river, which is one of the main sources of water for the peo­ple in the north­ern districts of the State.

Clear­ing the air on al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against in­cum­bent min­is­ters, Palaniswami said that the al­le­ga­tions were base­less. “All the scams hap­pened dur­ing the DMK regime. If Stalin says he has no in­volve­ment in any scam, why did he move a court for stay on DVAC in­quiry into the con­struc­tion of the sec­re­tariat,” he ques­tioned.

Lash­ing out against Ka­mal Haasan, the chief min­is­ter said that Ka­mal was repris­ing his tin­sel town avatar in the po­lit­i­cal sphere as well. Tak­ing a jibe at the ac­tor, the chief min­is­ter said that the ac­tor would draw a blank, as he did at box of­fice.

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Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons at Coim­bat­ore air­port on Satur­day |

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