CHENNAI: Leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin on Wednesday said Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami’s reported statement that the ministers should not speak against the Centre stems from threats of income tax raids and asked him not to use the ‘cordial relationship’ with the Centre for personal goals.
The list of ministers including the Chief Minister who distributed Rs. 89 crore in the RK Nagar bypoll is threatening them, he said and added that the ministers are having ‘cordial relations’ with the Centre only to escape action on them and not for implementing good schemes to people.
The Chief Minister should use his good ties with the Centre to form the Cauvery Management Board and the waiver of crop loans for the state farmers, he said in a statement here. There is no change in the functioning of former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and Palanisami as far as the Centre is concerned, he said and alleged that Palanisami is trying to show that he is more loyal to the Union government than his predecessors.
Stalin also complained that no press release was issued on the subjects discussed in the Cabinet meeting and said there should be transparency in the functioning of the government.