Chennai, June 15 (BPNS)
The principal opposition party of Tamil Nadu, AIADMK and the ruling party, DMK has entered into a war of words over the arrest of Tamil Nadu minister for electricity, excise and prohibition, Senthil Balaji.
DMK leader and Tamil Nadu health minister, Ma Subramanian had on Wednesday said that the AIADMK general secretary and former Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) does not have any locus standi to criticize Senthil Balaji. He said that Palaniswamy was making contradictory remarks on the details of Senthil Balaji’s case and trying to bring bad name to the DMK government in the state.
He said that there were corruption charges against Palaniswami and other ministers during the previous AIADMK regime. He said that Palaniswami did not resign when charges of corruption has been raised against him and his cabinet colleagues.
Coming out strongly against Ma Subramanian, AIADMK leader and former Minister, D. Jayakumar said that their government led by late J. Jayalalithaa had taken action against Senthil Balaji who was a minister in the AIADMK government and removed him from the Jayalalithaa cabinet.
He said that the former Chief Minister had also commenced legal proceedings against Senthil Balaji after obtaining complaints from the affected people.
Jayakumar said that Ma Subramanian was giving press statements without any basic data and was blabbering. He said that the health minister was unfit to continue as a minister.
The AIADMK leader defended the ED officials in the arrest of Senthil Balaji and said that the central agency followed due procedures before completing the arrest.