Tamil Nadu CM lashes out at DMK’s betrayal of Tamils cause

Salem: In what perhaps was his harshest and singular attack on the DMK and on its president M K Stalin, Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday lashed out at the opposition party, accusing it of collaborating with the Congress to help the Sri Lankan armed forces to decimate the Tamils in the island.

This was stated by the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakshe himself during his recent visit to New Delhi when he said that he would not have won the battle against the LTTE so easily, in the last phase of the civil war in 2009, but for India's help, Mr Palaniswami drove home to at an AIADMK party rally here.

“It was a Congress-DMK coalition that was ruling at Delhi than and they betrayed the Tamil people,” said Mr. Palaniswami, explaining the purpose of the AIADMK rally across Tamil Nadu to 'expose' the DMK and the Congress for their role in the Eelam tragedy and the ‘massacre’ of the Island Tamils.

"MK Stalin and his cohorts who were also partly responsible for the tragedy that befell the Island-Tamils then should be brought to book and our party's protest rallies across the state is to draw the attention of the Central government and of the International community to these facts," Mr Palaniswami asserted.

In a ferociously attacking speech in the shrillest of tones and addressing the opposition party leader in the singular, the AIADMK leader said, ""The DMK is not at all a political party and it is functioning like a corporate company. They had created problems for former Chief Ministers MGR and Jayalalithaa in a bid to destroy the AIAMDK and the DMK is at it again in a bid to destroy us by creating problems."

Taking a dig at Mr. Stalin nursing ambitions of becoming the next Chief Minister after he took over as DMK president recently, Mr. Palaniswami said the former was only pursuing a mirage. "He (Stalin) can never become the Chief Minister; he became the party president so easily, but I have reached this level to occupy the Chief Minister's post through sheer dint of hard work, rising from the ranks from the lowest rungs of the party, union, district levels and then an MLA, a Minister and now Chief Minister." "Stalin also became MLA first in 1989, in the same year I was elected too, but he has now reached where he is through the backdoor," observed Mr. Palaniswami.

Charging the DMK with being a family-run party, Mr. Palaniswami refuted allegations of irregularity in his relatives company bagging tenders for development works. "You have now given a complaint against me as Chief Minister; anybody can give a complaint, but see what will happen and how it happens in ten days," Mr Palaniswami thundered, virtually throwing a challenge to M K Stalin. The Chief Minister also alluded to the charges against DMK in building the new secretariat complex in Chennai.