Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday ridiculed the reported request of DMK president M Karunanidhi to the Prime Minister to provide Z-Plus security cover for his son and party treasurer MK Stalin in view of threat perceptions from the LTTE, religious fundamentalists and political opponents. She said it could be surmised that the threat to the heir apparent was from his brother M K Alagiri.
“The timing of Karunanidhi’s request and the ongoing tussle within his family indirectly indicates that the threat to Stalin is actually from Alagiri,” she told the Assembly.
Since thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils along with the LTTE cadre got killed in the genocide in the island nation, threat perception from the Tigers did not exist, Jayalalithaa reasoned and added that the threat from the religious fundamentalists to Stalin was also imaginary as there was no specific mention about any name. Further, Karunanidhi had not given the names of political opponents from whom Stalin faced any danger.
Recalling that the octogenarian had not taken such a quick move when former DMK Minister Tha Kiruttinan was murdered and when three employees were killed in the attack on the Dinakaran daily office in Madurai a few years ago, she said “when it comes to himself, his family and others, Karunanidhi adopts different yardsticks for different needs. As such, the DMK’s charges on the law and order front would remain laughable.” Stating that the DMK men were unleashing a false campaign that law and order was not maintained properly in Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister said unlike the previous DMK regime when anti-social elements were ruling the roost, now, under the AIADMK government, all are equal before law.