The retort from Stalin came after the Chief MInister of Uttar Pradesh accused the DMK of not protecting women in its previous regime.

Stalin and Yogi clash in words ahead of TN polls.
news 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly Election Thursday, April 01, 2021 - 17:41

A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accused the DMK of failing to safeguard women during its regime, DMK Chief Stalin hit out at him saying that he had no moral right to speak of women’s safety.  Stalin said that according to the data of the Union Government, the highest number of atrocities and sexual assaults against women and girls were reported from Uttar Pradesh.

"What moral right Yogi (Adityanath) has to blame the DMK," Stalin asked at an election meeting at Kavundampalayam, in Coimbatore. He also asked why Yogi Adityanath and PM Modi, who had also raised the issue of women’s protection during the DMK-Congress period, did not seek details of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s mysterious death.

Meanwhile, at a meeting in Mettupalayam near Coimbatore to seek votes for the DMK candidates, Stalin urged the Prime Minister to go and see the status of the proposed AIIMS in Madurai, when he visits the city on April 2 for election campaign. He reminded Modi that the AIIMS was announced in the 2015 budget and the foundation stone was laid in 2017 by the Prime Minister himself. Since there was no progress in the construction, Stalin requested the Prime Minister to visit the area and see for himself the status of the proposed hospital.

"If you do not find the brick which was laid for foundation, officials may tell that it was taken by Udayanidhi (Stalin's son)," he said, referring to Udhayanidhi’s campaign in Madurai with a brick in hand. The brick had ‘AIIMS’ written on it and Udhayanidhi was taking a dig at the slow progress of the construction of AIIMS, Madurai.

Stalin also took a dig at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and asked whether he had courage to seek clarification on the issues being faced by Tamil Nadu and its population, while sharing the stage with Modi. Is Palaniswami brave enough to oppose CAA and ask Modi to withdraw it, exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET and withdraw three farm laws affecting the lives of crores of farmers and benefiting a few corporate companies, he asked.

Similarly, the Chief Minister should also ask Modi to issue an order to the Tamil Nadu Governor to release the seven convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and why the Indian government abstained from voting on UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka, Stalin said. The DMK chief added the BJP's efforts to set foot in Tamil Nadu would not succeed.

"Modi's attempt to set foot in Tamil Nadu, the Dravidian soil, the soil where Periyar, Annadurai and Karunanidhi were born, by spreading communal hatred, will not succeed," he added.

Highlighting the main points in the DMK manifesto, like the Rs 100 subsidy for LPG cylinders, Stalin said the AIADMK government, the slave of the Centre, should be ousted for the welfare of the state and people.

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