MADURAI: A few days after alleging that the DMK offered a whopping `500 crore for an alliance with the DMDK, MDMK leader Vaiko has fired a fresh salvo. On Sunday, he alleged that DMK had taken kickbacks for signing the methane extraction project.
Addressing a media conference here, Vaiko said that DMK treasurer M K Stalin who was then the deputy chief minister signed the methane project with the Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd for implementation in Cauvery delta.
“How much money was transferred for the project?” he said and dared Stalin to register a case against him for making the allegation. He also held DMK president M Karunanidhi responsible “as he was the Chief Minister then.”
The central government, he claimed, cancelled the agreement with the firm only because they were not able to complete the project within the given time frame.
Questioned about his allegation on the DMK offer to DMDK, he said he is in possession of evidence and would submit it in the court. The DMK has slapped a legal notice to him for his accusation.
To a query on the DMDK functionaries joining DMK after the former’s alliance with the PWA, Vaiko said the DMK was attempting to create a rift. “Stalin and others in their party are meeting our district secretaries and assuring MLA seats if they joined them. They have started wooing DMDK functionaries as Vijayakant did not strike an alliance with them. But this would in no way affect the DMDK,” he said.
The MDMK leader hoped that the DMDK-PWA alliance would capture power after which they would waive farm loans and resolve issues faced by fishermen and traders. He appealed to the central and state governments not to seize the tractors or other farm equipment from the farmers for the loans they had taken from the financial institutions.
He said his alliance partners would participate in the rail roko protest of the farmers on April 5.