Jayalalithaa points finger at UPA for sparing Stalin in Hummer row
Chennai: Chief minister J. Jayalalithaa raked up the political storm that broke out over the ‘controversial’ CBI action against DMK leader M.K. Stalin during an operation to trace luxury cars that were imported without duty worth crores of rupees. She said that the seized Hummer was returned to Stalin with “certain conditions.”
Alleging that the Congress-led UPA government did not take any action on the DMK as the latter was part of the coalition at the Centre, Ms Jayalalithaa said that despite the CBI action, the Centre had not delved deeply into the case. “The reason being the DMK will be of help to it. The case has been put on the back burner and it is said that the Hummer car was returned with certain conditions. Both Mr Stalin and Mr Karunanidhi owe an explanation on this,” the AIADMK supremo said while campaigning for her party’s South Chennai candidate Dr J. Jayavardhan on Monday evening.
The CM described the reaction of then finance minister P. Chidambaram “strongly disapproved” the CBI raids and PM Manmohan Singh’s claim that the government had “no role” in the development as “shedding crocodile tears”. Ms Jayalalithaa said, “The DMK had benefited in the 2G scam and because of this it was playing sidekicks to the Congress which had not taken any action against DMK
Flaying the DMK for accusing her of not fulfilling her poll promises, she said she had fulfilled 150 out of 177 assurances made in assembly elections.