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BJP questions Karunanidhi’s stand on power crisis

Special Correspondent


“The DMK should tell the public what it has done, instead of blaming the previous regime”




S. Thirunavukkarasar

CHENNAI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday wondered why Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should keep pointing at the acts of omission and commission of the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime on the power front.

Reacting to Mr. Karunanidhi’s observation on the AIADMK government’s “failure”, S. Thirunavukkarasar, party national secretary, told a press conference here that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government was in its third year, and should tell the public what it had done on the power front instead of blaming the earlier regime.

When Mr. Karunanidhi’s criticism of BJP leader L.K. Advani’s remark, likening the United Progressive Alliance government to a patient at the intensive care unit of a hospital was brought to his notice, Mr. Thirunavukkarasar said there was nothing unparliamentary in Mr. Advani’s observations. “It was fair criticism. He had explained the condition in a lighter vein.”

Referring to the UPA government’s victory in the trust vote, Mr. Thirunavukkarasar remarked, “May be the patient is out of the ICU, but still in hospital.”

Call for changes in law

Pointing out that the Supreme Court’s order in the 1998 JMM case upheld the immunity of Members of Parliament from legal proceedings for their speeches or votes in Parliament, he called for changes in the law.

He termed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s allegation of collusion between the UPA and the National Democratic Alliance in preventing a Dalit from becoming Prime Minister “a figment of imagination.”

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