The Hindu

‘Invite DMK MPs, MLAs for meetings’

Stalin condemns decision not to allow MP at review meet

- ‘Special Correspond­ent

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Friday asked how Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswam­i could stop an elected MP from the DMK from taking part in a COVID-19 review meeting, and termed his conduct anti-democratic and shameful.

He condemned the government for not inviting MPs and MLAs of the principal Opposition party for government events.

“Yesterday [on Thursday], when Dharmapuri MP Senthilkum­ar wanted to take part in a COVID-19 review meeting, they refused to let him inside. The Chief Minister also asked how he could allow an MP to be part of a review meeting chaired by him,” Mr. Stalin said.

‘Legislator­s’ rights’

Despite being the Chief Minister for the last three years, Mr. Palaniswam­i had not learnt the basics of democracy and administra­tion, he said.

“In Vellore and Kallakuric­hi districts too, DMK MLAs and MPs have been treated in such a manner. We are not seeking permission to take part in the AIADMK’s general council meeting or their public meetings. We just want to take part in review meetings for COVID-19, that are being held at government cost,” he said, adding that this was a basic right of elected representa­tives.

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