news Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 05:30
Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu are resorting to an age-old battle strategy: strike the enemy at its weakest moment. In the past few months, political parties in TN have taken turns at taking pot shots at the AIADMK government, evidently because the party is now leaderless and scrambling for order. TN Congress is leading the latest round of attacks.   A delegation led by TNCC President EVKS Elangovan met the Governor of Tamil Nadu recently and handed over a list of 25 corruption scandals of the AIADMK government, stating that corruption was being openly promoted by the party leadership. The list also included the death of agriculture department engineer S Muthukumarasamy who is believed to have committed suicide under pressure from former Minister Agri S Krishnamurthy, who is now cooling his heels in jail.   The letter listed out other charges including financial improprieties in TASMAC, adulteration in Aavin milk cooperative, illegal mining of beach mineral and other scams involving real estate and land allocation. “We have submitted all the information to the Governor,” said EVKS Elangovan. When asked about the proof substantiating his claims, Elangovan said that all details had been passed on to the Governor, “We will expose each scam one by one.” EVKS Elangovan   The Congress attack comes days after DMK Treasurer MK Stalin wrote on open letter to Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam lambasting his government for its alleged inefficiencies. “Is your first duty and loyalty toward the people of Tamil Nadu or to your convicted leader?” he had asked in the letter. Stating that companies like Foxconn and Nokia had already closed down in the state over the government’s lack of support, he said that others like Hyundai, Ford and Saint Gobain had made the decision to expand elsewhere. The repeated postponement of Global Investors Meet in the state had evinced such a reaction from Stalin.   According to Gnani, a political commentator, the reason for constant criticism by opposition parties has been because of a ‘silent government’. “Panneerselvam doesn’t talk to the press, Jayalalithaa doesn’t talk to the press,” he says. He also felt that the criticism was an alternative medium for the opposition to speak out, “Inside the assembly, there is no democratic space. If they raise any objections, they are thrown out.”   In February, 21 DMDK MLAs were suspended from the TN assembly after Deputy Leader of Opposition, S Mohanraj, made a remark against the AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa.   Though the DMK has been quite vocal on corruption within the AIADMK government, the last few months has seen a crescendo in collective dissent against the ruling party.   A sight quite rare in TN, it was a history of sorts when DMDK’s Vijayakanth made a series of visits in one day in April and met various opposition party leaders seeking their support in forming a delegation to meet Prime Minister Modi on various issues.   On the face of this concerted political mobilization, the AIADMK government has only resorted to deafening silence.  
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