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AIADMK seeks apology from Stalin for remarks on Jaya

Stalin had objected to government schemes being named after Jayalalithaa

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

DMK Working President MK Stalin. Photo: PTI
DMK Working President MK Stalin. Photo: PTI

The ruling on Saturday took strong exception to certain remarks made against late Chief Minister by leader and sought an "open apology" from him.

Claiming that Stalin had used certain words against on Friday, Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran said they were completely "false" and showed leader's "uncultured side".

Stalin, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, had objected to schemes being named after and "taxpayers' money being used in her 69th birthday celebrations".

Jayalalithaa was loved by Tamils world over and they addressed her affectionately as 'Amma' (Mother) even as she was known for her compassion, Dinakaran, who is V K Sasikala's nephew, said.

"When scores of her supporters are in grief following her demise (in December 2016), making such slander and false remarks shows Stalin's uncultured side," he said in a statement.

Recalling Jayalalithaa's efforts to uphold Tamil Nadu's rights, Dinakaran said she had done these in issues like the Cauvery water dispute, besides earning the love of people with a series of welfare measures, including the popular free 20 KG rice scheme.

"Because of these, she lives in the hearts of crores of people. Therefore, there is no need to uphold her memory by just naming schemes after her," Dinakaran said in an apparent reference to Stalin taking exception to some schemes named after her.

The leader had also wanted such schemes to be renamed.

"Stalin should withdraw the brazen slander used against Puratchi Thalaivi and issue a public apology," Dinakaran demanded.

Referring to certain gaffe made by Stalin on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the Cauvery Management Board, the leader ridiculed him and asked the DMK working president to stop making public comments without verifying accompanying notes.

First Published: Sat, February 25 2017. 16:28 IST