Karunanidhi’s statement also comes a day before the by-polls in the state and Puducherry.

Has Jayalalithaa really come out of CCU Karunanidhi raises doubtPTI/file photo
news Politics Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 16:35

DMK president M Karunanidhi hit out at the ruling AIADMK for not issuing any statement on the difficulties faced by the general public due to the discontinuation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.

“There have been so many reports on the difficulties being faced by people following the announcement that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will not be legal tender anymore. CM Jayalalithaa or the AIADMK rulers have no time to issue a statement in support of the people or to console them or spell out the steps to mitigate their sufferings,” the former CM said in a party statement released on Wednesday.

Karunanidhi’s statement also comes a day before the by-polls in the state and Puducherry.

He said, "All cadre must work for the victory of the party in all the three constituencies and thereby teach a lesson to the AIADMK government. Even though I could not campaign personally, I have been monitoring the happenings. DMK treasurer M K Stalin and other senior leaders are keeping me posted on a daily basis."

Cautioning his party cadres, the 92-year-old politician said, “While showing enthusiasm for winning the election, the cadre must not indulge in verbal and physical attacks on the members of our rival party. Instead, they must treat them with brotherly affection and concentrate on winning the election." 

On Sunday, CM J Jayalalithaa, who has been hospitalised since September 22, issued a statement urging the public to vote for AIADMK candidates and thanked the people for giving her a “rebirth” through their prayers.   

Karunanidhi also raised doubts over reports of Jayalalithaa being shifted to a ward and her sitting on a chair.

"There are several reports about the chief minister being shifted to a ward and she is sitting on a chair. But except perhaps a few people close to her, nobody else has seen her," the DMK chief said. 


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