Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday criticised DMK president M. Karunanidhi for having remained silent on the Centre's move to start the Model School Scheme when he was in power.

In a statement here the Chief Minister said Mr. Karunanidhi has been silent on the Centre's scheme for his personal gains when he was the Chief Minister. Now by raising an opposition by issuing a statement showed his double standards.

“Having granted permission then and expressed his support, Mr. Karunanidhi is opposing the same now only to gain some political mileage and people would be aware of his actions,” she said.

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The DMK chief had on November 4 described the initiative as yet another instance of the Centre’s interference in the state’s rights and asked the Jayalalithaa government to take up the matter with the Centre.

By not consulting the state or taking it into confidence, the Centre had set a “wrong precedence” by allowing privatisation of education, the DMK patriarch had alleged.

While there has been opposition to this proposal, including from a section of academicians, the state government has remained mum, which, he said, was “puzzling.”

The HRD scheme envisages setting up 2,500 model schools under Public-Private Partnership mode in educationally backward districts in the country.

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