Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Saturday said DMK president M.K. Stalin was making tall promises ahead of the Assembly byelections as he was fully aware that his party will not be returning to power.
Addressing a campaign event in the Tirupparankundram constituency, where a bypoll is due on May 19, he questioned the rationale behind an Opposition party making ‘attractive’ promises for byelections. “Only the ruling party can fulfil the promises, not the Opposition party,” he said.
Countering Mr. Stalin’s claim that his party will come to power after sweeping the bypolls to 22 seats, Mr. Palaniswami said it will be the AIADMK that emerges the victor.
He appealed to the people to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming byelection since, according to him, voting for the Opposition party in a bypoll will be of no benefit to the people. “If the Opposition party’s candidates get elected, they will not approach us (ruling party) for fulfilling any of your demands. Your demands will never reach us,” he said.
He accused Mr. Stalin of misleading the public through “blatant lies” on the issue of allocation of land for the burial of late Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. “Instead of talking about issues concerning the public, Mr. Stalin is talking about non-allocation of six feet of land for his father,” he said.
He said Mr. Stalin’s allegation was, however, wrong since the State government had offered two acres of land, which was worth around ₹300 crore, near Gandhi Mandapam on Sardar Patel Road. He added that the government could not allocate land at the Marina since cases regarding the burial of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the beach were pending in the Madras High Court.
“These cases were filed by the benamis of Mr. Stalin. All these cases were surprisingly withdrawn when the DMK approached the High Court for allocation of land for Karunanidhi at the Marina beach,” he said.
Mr. Palaniswami blamed Karunanidhi for the denial of land at the Marina for burying late Chief Minister K. Kamaraj and Janaki Ramachandran.
“Kamaraj was a nationally respected leader, of better repute than Karunanidhi. He was denied land at the Marina beach, for which the reason cited was that he was not CM when he died,” he said. He added that the AIADMK applied the same logic in Karunanidhi’s case. The DMK was not a party, but a company run for the benefit of a single family, the Chief Minister said.