Chennai: DMK working president M. K. Stalin has requested M. Venkaiah Naidu to introspect whether it was right on his part as Vice President to speak politics while telling his audience at a Raj Bhavan function on Monday that an elected government should go back to the people only once in five years.
Urging Mr Venkaiah to remain non-partisan and not use the Raj Bhavan for political propaganda in future, Mr. Stalin said he was shocked by Vice President’s comments that the state government should fulfil late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s promises and that if a government proves its majority in the Assembly once, then it should face the people only after five years.
“I will not ask how he can speak about this after accepting the post of Vice President... Just hope he’ll introspect over his speech”, the DMK working president said. He also exuded the hope that the Vice President would not use Raj Bhavan for political comments anymore.
Releasing the book: “Those Eventful Days,” written by former acting Governor of Tamil Nadu Ch. Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan here, the Vice President had said on Monday that Tamil Nadu is in need of a stable government.
Mr Stalin said Naidu’s speech “raised a series of questions in the public mind”. “While I would like to thank the Vice President for the love and respect he has for Tamil Nadu, I expect him to stay true to his words that he is non-partisan and thereby not use the Raj Bhavan for political propaganda in coming times,” Mr. Stalin said in a statement here.
The DMK leader said it was “disconcerting” to hear Mr Venkaiah, a former BJP leader and Union Minister, say that it was Tamil Nadu government’s responsibility to fulfil promises made by Amma (late CM J. Jayalalithaa) and that “once a government is formed with majority, it has to go back to the people only after five years and one cannot expect the Governor to disregard the Indian Constitution.”
The Vice President should re-evaluate his words and reflect on the tone and connotation of words he spoke at the event, Stalin said....