‘DMK be­ing du­plic­i­tous on Meke­datu is­sue’

BJP leader re­buts crit­i­cism against Cen­tre

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Union Minister of State for Fi­nance and Ship­ping Pon Rad­hakr­ish­nan has ac­cused the DMK of dou­ble stan­dards on the Meke­datu is­sue.

He told re­porters here on Satur­day that the Chief Minister, be­fore con­ven­ing the spe­cial As­sem­bly ses­sion for pass­ing a res­o­lu­tion on the is­sue, should have asked DMK pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin to lead a del­e­ga­tion of DMK and Congress members to Kar­nataka to hold dis­cus­sions with the gov­ern­ment of the neigh­bour­ing State on find­ing a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

Join­ing is­sue with Minister R.B. Ud­hayaku­mar, who ac­cused the Cen­tre of not pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate funds to the Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment for re­lief and restora­tion work in the wake of Cy­clone Gaja, Mr. Rad­hakr­ish­nan said he was not sure if the Cen­tral team that vis­ited the State to as­sess the dam­age had sub­mit­ted its re­port. Once it did, the Cen­tre would al­lo­cate fresh funds, he said.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on the Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion’s plan to con­duct a med­i­ta­tion event at the Big Tem­ple in Than­javur, which was sub­se­quently scrapped, he said he was un­aware of the de­tails of the is­sue but added that the sanc­tity of the tem­ple should be pre­served.

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