‘Party post for Health Min­is­ter only to cover up gutkha scam’

TTV says Vi­jaya Baskar was fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Amma Makkal Mun­netra Kazhagam (AMMK) deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary T.T.V. Dhi­nakaran on Satur­day said that Health Min­is­ter C. Vi­jaya Baskar has been given the post of or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary in the AIADMK only to pre­vent him from drag­ging more names into the gutkha scam.

Mr. Dhi­nakaran told pressper­sons that the Min­is­ter had been fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture, and his days in the Cab­i­net were num­bered.

To a ques­tion on the seizure of tele­vi­sions and mo­biles at the Puzhal prison, Mr. Dhi­nakaran said the in­ci­dent had raised doubts whether the gov­ern­ment was func­tional or not. “There is no gov­er­nance in the State. It is a fail­ure on the part of Law Min­is­ter C.Ve. Shanmugam and he should shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­ity for the lapse,” he said. The AMMK leader said the re­cent state­ments of Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Du­rai pointed to a strain in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the BJP and the AIADMK.

On the party launched by his brother T.T.V. Bhaskaran, Mr. Dhi­nakaran said any­one could launch a party in a demo­cratic coun­try and won­dered whether there was any rule that pre­vented launch­ing of mul­ti­ple par­ties by mem­bers of a fam­ily.

T.T.V. Dhi­nakaran

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