‘A false cam­paign against CM’

AIADMK pre­pared to face a CBI in­quiry, says Sem­malai

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Staff Re­porter

Se­nior AIADMK leader and Met­tur MLA S. Sem­malai on Sun­day al­leged that the DMK was at­tack­ing Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami on the ba­sis of a video clip link­ing him to the Ko­danad Es­tate break-in case only to bring him and his govern­ment into dis­re­pute.

The AIADMK govern­ment was pre­pared to face a CBI in­quiry into the is­sue, he said.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia at the party of­fice in Omalur, Mr. Sem­malai said that the ac­cused in the Ko­danad case had planned the bur­glary when for­mer Chief Min­is­ter J. Jay­alalithaa was un­der­go­ing treat­ment in hos­pi­tal. He claimed that the for­mer CM’s driver, Kana­garaj, thought she would die, and hence, planned the bur­glary with a gang from Ker­ala and ex­e­cuted it af­ter her death.

Mr. Sem­malai claimed that the ac­cused had gone to the es­tate not in search of any doc­u­ments, but for valu­ables. “That be­ing so, how can they link the Chief Min­is­ter to the is­sue?” he ques­tioned.

This was a con­spir­acy against the Chief Min­is­ter planned for po­lit­i­cal gain, he said, and ques­tioned the link between the mag­a­zine Te­helka’s for­mer manag­ing edi­tor Sa­muel Mathew [who made the al­le­ga­tions] and the ac­cused.

Strongly con­demn­ing the DMK for spread­ing “false in­for­ma­tion”, he said it was do­ing this with an eye on the Lok Sabha polls.

The peo­ple will not be­lieve false cam­paigns against the Chief Min­is­ter, the AIADMK leader said.

Ear­lier, the Chief Min­is­ter ar­rived in Salem and vis­ited the party of­fice at Omalur to hold dis­cus­sions with Min­is­ters and MLAs.

E. LAKSHMINARAYANAN ■

Fight­ing back: AIADMK leader S. Sem­malai ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Salem on Sun­day.

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