Do not want to talk about audio clips: T.N. CM Stalin

“I don’t want to offer publicity for those who indulge in cheap politics,” says Stalin, over the purported audio tapes involving State Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan

May 02, 2023 10:52 am | Updated May 03, 2023 01:47 pm IST - CHENNAI

DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. File photo

DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin. File photo | Photo Credit: PTI

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, that the further course of action would be initiated on various irregularities highlighted in the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG) during the previous AIADMK government. According to the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, “certain permissions and sanctions” had to be obtained for taking these cases further, he said in his video address Ungalil Oruvan (One among you).

“On that basis, after the investigations are completed, all cases relating to the corruption charges against those in the erstwhile AIADMK government will definitely be taken to court,” Mr. Stalin said.

According to the DMK president, his government had implemented over three-fourths of the election promises. His government had restored, to some extent, the administration left in tatters by the AIADMK, and much more were to be restored.

To another question, Mr. Stalin said his party was gearing up to celebrate the birth centenary of late DMK leader and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, which commences on June 3 this year. President Draupadi Murmu would take part in the celebrations and inaugurate the Multi-Super Speciality Hospital in Chennai constructed at a cost of ₹230 crore.

Mr. Stalin said he was not ready to talk about the recent audio clips, which the Opposition claimed to contain the voice of Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan implicating the ruling party in corruption.

The Minister had responded that the clips were fabricated.

‘Cheap politics’

“I have just enough time to work for the welfare of the people. I do not want to talk about the clips and offer publicity to those who indulge in cheap politics,” Mr. Stalin said in his video address Ungalil Oruvan (One among you).

Two audio clips were released BJP State president K. Annamalai recently.

On Monday, Mr. Rajan met the Chief Minister. During the meeting, he is believed to have explained his stand.

Opposition charge

Leader of the Opposition and AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday questioned why Mr. Stalin was silent on the clips. The AIADMK and the BJP have sought a probe into the genuineness of the clips.

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