Lok Sabha Election 2019

DMK attempting to bribe voters with looted money, says EPS

Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Edappadi K. Palaniswami  

Wants Stalin to clarify on seizures at DMK candidate’s premises

AIADMK leader and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday accused the DMK of attempting to bribe voters with ill-gotten wealth accumulated when it was in power in the State and Centre.

Addressing voters at Srivilliputtur, seeking votes for Puthiya Tamilagam Tenkasi Parliamentary constituency candidate, K. Krishnasamy, he said that huge cash seizures had been made by the Income Tax department in Vellore. According to media reports 30 kg of gold coins and money had been seized from hideouts related to DMK candidate for Vellore Parliamentary constituency, he claimed. “They (DMK leaders) claim that they do not have money. If so, where have the gold come from? (DMK president) Stalin should answer this,” he said. The DMK was involved in huge corruption with regard to 2G spectrum allocation, he charged. [The trial court had acquitted all accused in the case and an appeal is pending in the case.]

Stating that the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues like K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji were harassed on baseless charges, he said, “you have been caught-red handed. Mr. Stalin should answer this.”

Charging that the DMK was trying to buy votes with money, he cautioned the people of Tamil Nadu, “They would even mesmerise you with their lies but you should teach a lesson to the DMK and its allies.” Mr. Palaniswami also accused the DMK of adopting dual standards with regard to forging alliance with the BJP. “The DMK has charged us with aligning with ‘communal forces’. Was not the BJP a communal force when the DMK allied with it in 1999 and shared power with it in the Centre? The DMK will say anything for the sake of power,” he charged.

Recalling some incidents of alleged harassment of women by the DMK functionaries, he said, if the DMK indulged in such atrocities when not in power, the party would even sell the entire State if voted back to power.

Stating that the AIADMK alliance was formed according to the prevailing political situation, Mr. Palaniswami contended that a harmonious relationship between the State and Centre would help Tamil Nadu get required funds for all developmental schemes.

He also sought votes for the DMDK candidate, R. Azhagarsamy (Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituency) and BJP candidate, Nainar Nagendran (Ramanathapuram LS seat) in Virudhunagar district.

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