Chennai: The ruling AIADMK has accused DMK president M. K. Stalin of “making desperate attempts” to somehow topple the government and become the Chief Minister. The party slammed Stalin for levelling corruption charges against the government “out of frustration.”
“He (Stalin) is making desperate attempts to somehow topple this government and become the Chief Minister,” a write-up in the AIADMK mouthpiece mouthpiece ‘Namathu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma said. Referring to the chaotic scenes witnessed in February 2017 during the vote of confidence in the State Assembly, and also DMK’S black flag protests against Governor Banwarilal Purohit during his visits to districts to hold review meetings with officials and later petitioning the Governor alleging irregularities in the Highways Department in the wake of I-T raids against a contractor, the party organ said, “frustrated that he has not received any success (politically) despite holding many protests and that people are not supporting him, he is levelling corruption charges from the Chief Minister’s native place (Salem).”
The mouthpiece lashed out at the DMK on a number of issues, including the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and land grab charges against former DMK ministers during its 2006-11 rule. An Opposition party should use the democratic right of holding protests for "just causes" and point out shortcomings which will be addressed by the government. "Instead, levelling corruption charges and seeking the removal of the government... no opposition party in the world does this," it said. It also recalled past corruption charges against the DMK, such as the 2G spectrum allocation scam and took a dig at Mr. Stalin for leading his party's protests on Tuesday from Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami's native district Salem. "Both Mr Palaniswami and his deputy CM O. Panneerselvam were creating new awakening in Tamil Nadu in the AIADMK rule," it said. Following the demise of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa in December 2016, "those who dreamt of the government falling and a split in the party are frustrated that their dreams have
not come true."