Chennai: Advancing one more argument to quash the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's charge that it was the DMK leaders, late M Karunanidhi and M K Stalin were responsible for former Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa's death by filing “false cases against her”, the DMK president, M K Stalin said that it was in fact Dr Subramanian Swamy, now a senior BJP leader, who had filed corruption cases against late Ms J Jayalalithaa.
Rounding off his party's campaign for the Vikravandi Assembly by-poll on the last day on Saturday, where he has been canvassing votes for almost the entire day for the DMK candidate N Pugazhendhi, Mr. Stalin said that though there were cases against Ms. Jayalalithaa, the original complainant in those cases including the disproportionate assets case, was Dr Subramanian Swamy in the mid-1990s'.
Underscoring that the DMK had not initiated any corruption case against Ms Jayalalithaa for her alleged acts of omission and commission during her first Chief Ministerial tenure 1991-1996, Mr. Stalin said on the contrary it was the AIADMK's Chief Minister, Mr. O. Paneerselvam, after resigning his post in the wake of the internal party tussle after Ms Jayalalithaa's death, who had first raised the issue of a 'mystery' surrounding the death of the former Chief Minister.
Mr. Stalin denied Mr. Palaniswami's charge that the DMK had stalled the holding of Local Bodies elections in Tamil Nadu.
“We moved the court only to do de-limitation of wards and reservation of wards properly and urged that the polls be held after the rectifications; but even after the court had directed the government to hold the polls and announce a timeline for the elections, the ruling AIADMK had not done so, but was now blaming the DMK for it,” said Stalin.
Reiterating his charge that the AIADMK was rolling out the red carpet for all the programmes of the BJP at the Centre, Mr. Stalin questioned his stability claims about the present AIADMK government. Only after the Supreme Court verdict on the 11 MLAs' disqualification case (Mr. OPS and ten others) came, the fate of the Palaniswami government will be known, Mr. Stalin said, adding, the party was hopeful of winning both the by-polls plus the Radhapuram seat under HC scanner.