DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday lauded his arch political rival Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for her decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case as the state cabinet move came in for praise from leaders cutting across party lines.
“This is not a quick decision. When I made this opinion [seeking release] in 2011, she did not accept it. However, on Wednesday, I appreciate her for taking the same stance,” Mr. Karunanidhi told reporters when asked if the decision could be considered a quick response.
The DMK chief also hoped that the Centre would concur with the state government’s decision, saying if that happened “we could be more happy.”
MDMK chief Vaiko said Ms. Jayalalithaa had done a very laudable thing, adding it was a merciful humanitarian move.
“I greet, congratulate and thank her,” he said.
CPI leader D. Raja said Tamil Nadu Government acted quickly and the decision was very much laudable.
BJP state unit president Pon Radhakrishnan said, “Any move made in accordance with the due process of law” was welcome.
Pro-Tamil leader P. Nedumaran expressed gratitude “on behalf of the world Tamils”.
However, there was a voice of dissent as well. While Subramanian Swamy (BJP) said the Cabinet decision was illegal, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president B.S. Gnanadesikan slammed the move as an instance of competitive politics.
“Politics is happening over the Rajiv case in Tamil Nadu. After the opposition urged the release of three convicts, the government has come forward to release seven convicts,” he said.