DMK leader M.K. Stalin on Friday charged that ‘Chowkidar’ Narendra Modi was actually the ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) for the “corrupt and minority” AIADMK government headed by Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
Alleging that the BJP and AIADMK had aligned only on the basis of fear (of prosecution) and money, he said in Dharmapuri that “there’s no reason why AIADMK would ally with the BJP that competed with NOTA votes”.
At a public meeting, Mr. Stalin harped on how in early 2017 AIADMK coordinator O.Panneerselvam had launched his ‘Dharma Yudham’ against the Palaniswami faction before joining hands with him. He recalled that PMK founder S. Ramadoss, now an ally of the AIADMK, had written a book on the AIADMK and corruption. “That book has not come in handy for us. Mr. Ramadoss had said in the book that under the AIADMK regime a loot of ₹70,000 crore had happened,” he said.
In Paapireddypatty, a Vanniyar bastion, Mr. Stalin accused Mr. Ramadoss and his son Anbumani of betraying “Vanniyar interests”.
“The DMK is a party that had secured 20% reservation for the Vanniyars. But, the PMK has defamed the DMK, and the father-son duo had failed the community’s interests,” he charged.
Responding to Mr. Ramadoss dubbing the DMK as a ‘violent party’, Mr. Stalin read out a special call attention motion by Jayalalithaa in the Assembly. According to Mr. Stalin, Jayalalithaa had dubbed the PMK as a party that was bereft of a decent grammar that should define a political party. PMK was a party that vandalised public and private property and spoke the language of violence, he said.
According to Mr. Stalin, the irony posed by the byelections to the vacant Assembly seats was that the seats were made vacant by the power struggle between Mr. Panneerselvam and Mr. Palaniswami.