DMK president M.K. Stalin on Friday said even though his party had a lot of differences with late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the DMK on returning to power would find those responsible for her death and send them to jail.
“The DMK will certainly come to power. Though we had differences with her [former AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa] she was the Chief Minister of the State. If this happen to a Chief Minister what will happen to ordinary citizens? None can prevent me from sending to jail those who were responsible for her death,” he said, addressing a meeting organised to commemorate the Tamil linguistic martyrs.
Mr. Stalin said the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami should be removed from office since the latter was facing allegations of involvement in the Kodanad estate heist and murder/death cases.
“Though he had denied the allegations, the Chief Minister has not explained how the murder (of the security guard) after ‘murder’ (deaths in road accidents) happened. If he proves the allegations wrong and assumed office I will garland him,” he said.
Training his guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Stalin said he had not fulfilled any of the promises he made to the people of Tamil Nadu in the last five years.
“He promised to set up AIIMS in Madurai in 2015 and is going to lay the foundation stone only now. It has taken four years to fulfil the promise. He also promised to create 11 smart cities in Tamil Nadu and it is for the people of these towns to tell whether anything has moved in that direction,” he said.
Recalling Mr.Modi’s argument that attacks on Tamil fishermen would not happen if India had a strong Prime Minister like him,Mr Stalin said the attacks in fact had increased over the years.
He accused Mr. Modi of uttering lies, calling his promise to recover black money and money stashed away in foreign banks the greatest lie. “He said every one would get ₹15 lakh deposited in their bank accounts. Has he deposited at least ₹15,” Mr. Stalin asked.
Recalling his speech at the Opposition rally in Kolkata that the coming Lok Sabha poll was the second freedom movement to remove the BJP government, Mr. Stalin said the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu also should be removed from power.