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‘Karunanidhi Politicising NLC Death’

Hitting out at DMK president M Karunanidhi for faulting her government for the death of a contract labourer of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday charged that the octogenarian was trying to gain political mileage out of this issue.

Published: 21st March 2014 07:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2014 07:43 AM   |  A+A-

Hitting out at DMK president M Karunanidhi for faulting her government for the death of a contract labourer of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday charged that the octogenarian was trying to gain political mileage out of this issue.

Stating that even the look-alike of leaves had been rattling the DMK and the party had been petitioning the Election Commission, Jayalalithaa, in a statement here said she had not granted the solatium to the families affected by the incidents at NLC and Perundurai. 

She also pointed out that after the enforcement of model code for LS polls, no relief assistance was given to anybody. The CM said had she granted the relief assistance, Karunanidhi would have maligned that too and moved the EC on that count.  Since she wanted not to give room for such developments, she had decided to announce the relief assistance after the elections were over.

However, in a separate statement issued later, Jayalalithaa said since there were reports that the Chief Electoral Officer had clarified that there was no bar on granting relief assistance to those affected by accidents and natural calamities even when the model code is in force, she has granted Rs One lakh each to the families of the NLC worker and seven workers of the Perundurai dyeing unit.

“NLC is a PSU of the Central government and a jawan of the Central Industrial Security Force was involved in the shot out incident on the NLC premises.  In fact, Karunanidhi should have condemned the Centre for this incident. 

“But true to his style of  blowing up anything, he has described the incident as an ‘internal war”, she said.

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