Verbal duel over 'corruption' continues between

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CM Palaniswami, DMK chief Stalin Erode, Jan 7 (PTI) The war of words over corruption allegations between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK president M K Stalin continued on Thursday with the former hitting out at the latter for shying away from a debate by trying to link unconnected matters.

A day after Palaniswami, the AIADMK co-coordinator challenged Stalin to a debate on corruption, the DMK top leader responded saying he was ready for it provided the Chief Minister took legal steps to get a stay -ordered by the Supreme Court- vacated for a CBI probe against him.

The apex court had stayed a Madras High Court's directive of 2018, ordering a CBI probe into allegations of corruption, vis-a-vis Chief Minister K Palaniswami, in the award of road contracts by the state government.

Also, Stalin said Palaniswami should pass a Cabinet resolution granting permission for a probe against him and State Ministers over allegations on corruption and forward it to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

Reacting, Palaniswami, said Stalin was trying to link two separate, unconnected matters. 'I have said already. If you have courage, come let us debate. Specify rights and wrongs,' he said in his poll campaign here.

He asserted that his government had all along been working within the framework of law and accused Stalin of deliberately disseminating falsehood and making baseless corruption allegations.

Assembly election is due in Tamil Nadu during April- May this year.

Also, Palaniswami alleged that wealth has been accumulated in the names of 58 relatives of the DMK chief.

The Chief Minister said he on the other hand inherited his property from his grandfather.PTI VGN SS PTI PTI