Though Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan has said the ‘audio clip’ in which he was allegedly making charges of corruption within the ruling DMK is not authentic, the AIADMK will press the Union government to probe the issue independently, AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami said on Sunday, April 23.
Speaking to reporters at the Madurai airport, he said Mr. Rajan had said the audio clip was not authentic. Therefore, the AIADMK would take up the issue with the Union government. “It is a serious allegation; as a responsible Opposition party, the AIADMK will pursue the matter,” he said.
Asked about the amendments made to the Factories Act to allow 12-hour work, Mr. Palaniswami said it showed the “double standards” of Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and the ruling DMK. When he was in the Opposition, Mr. Stalin opposed any change to the Act. Now, after he became the Chief Minister, his government passed the Bill amending the Act.
“Humans are not machines. Working for 12 hours will affect the health of workers. The government should withdraw the decision and drop the idea of holding talks with stakeholders,” he said, adding that when its allies opposed the decision, the DMK should take note.
The AIADMK leader, who arrived here by a scheduled flight, drove to Virudhunagar district and offered his condolences to the family of former Minister K.T. Rajenthra Bhalaji, whose father passed away recently.