No confidence motion: AIADMK changes tone, tells Centre Tamil Nadu can’t be ignored

For the first time since the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the ruling AIADMK has changed its tone significantly against the BJP-led government at the centre.

Published: 21st July 2018 06:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2018 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

A view of Lok Sabha in New Delhi (File | PTI)

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CHENNAI: For the first time after the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the ruling AIADMK, has changed its tone significantly against the BJP-led government at the centre. On Friday during the discussion on the opposition’s no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha, the party almost repeated the charge of Jayalalithaa and accused the Centre of step-motherly treatment towards the state on various counts.

It also said that if the Centre fails to set it right, the people of the state would lose their confidence in the Centre. “If the government does not pay immediate attention to the issues of people of the country, more particularly of Tamil Nadu, people may lose their confidence in the Central government. There must be a cordial relationship between the State and Centre. We are going to face the people in less than a year. The AIADMK feels people, the real masters, will decide and give a verdict in 2019,” AIADMK parliamentary party leader P Venugopal said on Friday. For past few weeks, the verbal duel between the leaders of the BJP and AIADMK has been gaining momentum.

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Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, M Thambidurai said that national parties including BJP, Congress and Left parties would not have a place in Tamil Nadu and Dravidian parties alone would dominate the scene in the State.

Venugopal made many remarks that literally cautioned the BJP-led government at the Centre and also conveyed AIADMK’s angst at the way Tamil Nadu has been treated in terms of financial allocation and other issues. He said Tamil Nadu was getting step-motherly treatment.

He said Tamil Nadu was a major contributor to GDP growth but due to the failure of many union ministries to pay their due financial allocations, there is a total unpaid amount of 6,066 crore to Tamil Nadu.”

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