DMK Working President MK Stalin has slammed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami for instructing his ministers not to criticise the Centre or its policies on public platforms, saying that team EPS was trying to maintain "good terms" with the Centre.
The chief minister of Tamil Nadu is believed to have discussed NEET exam, cancellation of license to sand quarries and ways to deal with drinking water shortage during the summer season during his cabinet meeting yesterday.
Stalin also lashed out at Palaniswami, asking how did the issues discussed in the cabinet meeting become public.
HERE IS ALL THAT STALIN SAID
- "I'm appalled to know that the details of cabinet meeting discussions were leaked. The DMK does not oppose the idea of being on 'good terms' with the Centre, but how do you use this rapport with the union government for the benefit of Tamil Nadu is the question Palaniswami needs to answer", he said.
- "I want to know whether by keeping 'good terms' with the Centre, Palaniswami has been able to acquire exemption for rural students from the upcoming NEET exams or whether he was able secure the release of 134 boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy of Tamil Nadu fishermen", Stalin added.
- "So the leaked news of Chief Minister Palaniswami asking ministers to not criticise the Centre seems to suggest that he wants to avoid income tax raids and corruption charges, which is possible in the near future especially with names of AIADMK leaders on the Rs 89 crore money distribution list for RK Nagar by-election. There seems to be no indication of the fact that the Palaniswami government wants to persuade the Centre to implement any noteworthy schemes for the people", the DMK leader went on to add.
- Stalin even pointed out that as Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel met with Palaniswami on Tuesday, why couldn't the chief minister have used his 'good terms' to get farmer loans acquired from national banks waived off.
- While Stalin has levelled such serious allegations against the chief minister, rumours are abuzz that Palaniswami is trying to curry favour with the Centre for long-term benefits.