Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami is under extreme pressure to react on the cattle sale ban for slaughter following leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin’s repeated attack on him for failing to read the notifications issued eight days ago.
Besides, former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, charged by Opposition with being a BJP puppet too had distanced himself from the notification by issuing a statement urging the Union government to withdraw the rules.
Panneerselvam’s stand had isolated Palanisami in the state, since he is the only leader to maintain silence on the burning issue. The defiant stand of Chief Ministers of neighbouring states is adding pressure on Palanisami to break his silence. During the protest demonstration, Stalin questioned Palanisami’s silence after eight days.
He said Kerala Chief Minister had openly said his government would not implement the notification, while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asserted that the Centre should not interfere in State’s rights.
He also cited the refusal of Puducherry and Tripura to implement the notifications and lashed out at Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami who refused to comment on the notification saying that he had not read the order.
He said Palanisami is afraid of I-T raids, since his name is on top of the list of ministers who distributed money to voters during RK Nagar bypoll. Palanisami should at least read the joint statement of DMK and six other parties on the issue....