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AIADMK-BJP pact rank opportunism, says Stalin
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Modi not an ‘iron Prime Minister’ but a ‘stone Prime Minister’, says Stalin

DMK president M.K. Stalin on Wednesday launched a scathing attack against the ‘fascist’ BJP-led Central government and the “corrupt and submissive” AIADMK regime in the State, terming their coming together for the Lok Sabha election as rank opportunism.

Launching the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance’s (SPA) campaign from the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency, last represented by his late father and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Mr. Stalin affirmed that the Lok Sabha election and byelection to 18 Assembly constituencies would bring an end to the Union and State governments by June 3 — Karunanidhi’s birth anniversary. The SPA was formed based on principles, he claimed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Stalin said, had no moral right to claim to be the torch-bearer in the fight to end corruption when he had joined hands with the AIADMK, the DMK leader said. Alleging that the AIADMK government was steeped in corruption, Mr. Stalin said the DMK had highlighted several of its ‘corrupt’ deeds, including irregularities in the award of tenders. Cases had been filed in the court, and representations listing the corruption charges had been submitted to the Governor. The media had brought the gutkha scam to light. But Mr. Modi chose to ignore them, he said.

Mr. Modi, he claimed, captured power in the previous election by making false promises, and was resorting to the same tactics now. “He promised to double farmers’ income and create jobs for two crore youth a year. Has he fulfilled them? He promised to deposit ₹15 lakh in the bank account of every Indian by bringing back black money from abroad. Has he deposited even ₹15 in your account?” he asked.

They call him ‘iron’ Prime Minister, but it will be apt to call him a ‘stone’ Prime Minister, he quipped.

On a personal note

Seeking to strike a chord with the voters of Tiruvarur, Mr. Stalin said he had come to them as the son of Kalaignar (Karunanidhi), and felt that getting the blessings of the locals was akin to being blessed by his father. “Tiruvarur is the capital of the DMK, just as Chennai is of Tamil Nadu and New Delhi is of India,” he said.

Earlier, he went door-to-door and got a warm reception from many of the residents. Some showered flower petals on him. He posed for selfies and signed autographs. He visited the house of the family of Thennan, a close associate of Karunanidhi, at Tiruvalluvar Nagar and took a keen look at the black-and-white photographs of the family members posing with the former Chief Minister.

Addressing a rally in Thanjavur later in the day, he averred that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was the prime ministerial candidate of the alliance opposing the BJP. He reiterated that the DMK, if voted to power, will probe the mysterious death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

 

 

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