Venkaiah Naidu denies BJP hand in Tamil Nadu political drama, slams DMK

The Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said both the factions should iron out their differences soon and move forward.

Published: 24th April 2017 03:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th April 2017 03:26 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Denying that the Centre was behind the political imbroglio in Tamil Nadu, the Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said both the factions should iron out their differences soon and move forward.

“As a well-wisher of the people of Tamil Nadu, we (BJP) want a stable government and they (AIADMK members) should come together soon so that they can solve people’s problems and fulfil Jayalalithaa’s promise,” Naidu told reporters here on Sunday.

He also lashed out at DMK’s working president and opposition leader MK Stalin for his comment that the present AIADMK-led State government was the Centre’s benami government. Naidu also questioned the rationale behind the DMK convening an all-party meeting without inviting the AIADMK and the BJP.

Responding to queries on Prime Minister Modi not meeting Tamil Nadu farmers protesting in Delhi, Naidu said, “Let us not politicise the issue as farmers were already distressed by the drought.” An assistance of Rs 2,000 crore was released based on the Central team’s assessment and TN Government should decide on loan waivers depending on the State’s financial status. There was no question of forcing Hindi on anyone and the three-language policy agreed upon during Nehru and Indira Gandhi’s time was only being implemented now, he said.

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