Ready to face polls, even alone: AIADMK

CHENNAI: The ruling AIADMK on Wednesday mentioned the party was once able to face elections, even contest by itself, if different parties have been able to do so. Congress flooring leader K R Ramasamy cautioned the ruling party towards dropping possible allies, if it entered right into a ballot pact with the BJP for the approaching general elections.

Participating within the debate on the state price range, Ramasamy mentioned the ruling party was once so deeply "entangled" with the Centre that it would not free itself. It was once scared to face even the local body polls within the absence of former leader minister J Jayalalithaa, he mentioned. "You hold the elections and prove your strength... But, will you be able to contest alone?" the Congress leader asked, surroundings off heated arguments between the treasury and opposition benches and turning the price range debate right into a dialogue on electoral alliances. The heated political discussions evoked a powerful reaction from DMK deputy leader S Durai Murugan, who dubbed it an "unhealthy discussion" and demanded that it be disallowed.

Continuing in a equivalent vein, electrical energy minister P Thangamani mentioned ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CBI was once investigating Kalaignar TV at the same time as DMK was once conserving alliance talks with the Congress. The place of abode of DMK leader M K Stalin was once raided after the party hand over the Congress-led UPA, alleging "intimidating tactics" of the federal government at the Centre, he mentioned. Stalin, seated within the front row, retorted, "Whose house was raided in the multi-crore Gutka scam and for distribution of Rs 86 crore to voters? Even the chief secretary's chamber next to the chief minister's office was searched. Isn't that shameful? Don't withhold facts," he mentioned.

Replying to Ramasamy, leader minister Edappadi K Palaniswami mentioned, "We are ready for polls, whenever elections are held." Deputy CM O Panneerselvam mentioned, "Let other political parties contest on their own, then we are also ready to do so. Let us see." He mentioned it was once the Congress, which has been riding piggyback on Dravidian parties since 1967. The state has been subjected to lowered devolution of finances even all over the Congress regimes previously and the injustice continues, he mentioned.

On the chief secretary's request to the election commission for postponing the by-election to the Tiruvarur meeting constituency after former CM M Karunanidhi's dying, the CM mentioned it was once on account of the continued cyclone Gaja relief work within the area and all parties agreed to it. Stalin mentioned DMK was once not hostile to conserving by-election to Tiruvarur and puzzled why it was once being singled out when elections to different 18 seats have been pending. The leader minister mentioned litigations have been hampering conserving of polls and a choice would need to be taken by the election commission. Law minister C Ve Shanmugam mentioned the commission didn't take a decision on the vacant Thiruparankundram constituency on account of DMK's petition.

Ready to face polls, even alone: AIADMK Ready to face polls, even alone: AIADMK Reviewed by kailash soni on February 14, 2019 Rating: 5
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