Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan today welcomed PMK's view for an alternative political front in Tamil Nadu without AIADMK or DMK and alleged they had done nothing for development, despite being in power successively. "Both DMK and AIADMK did not do anything for the development of Tamil Nadu, though they ruled for several decades," he told reporters here. The BJP leader said Tamil Nadu remains backward compared to neighbouring states and this condition should change. For this an alternative political force should come to power in Tamil Nadu, he said. The minister said BJP is taking all efforts for forming the alternative front, but did not elaborate. "People of Tamil Nadu are searching for an alternative to DMK and AIADMK.... They want to boycott both parties..
There is a vacuum in state politics, with people dissatisfied with both fronts," he said. On the proposed Diamond jubilee celebration to mark DMK leader M Karunanidhi's political career, he quipped that even DMK men were not aware if he would participate in the celebrations. "It is being organised for political gains. They are trying to form an alliance for the next elections," he said. To a question, he claimed he was not aware what had transpired during the meeting yesterday in Delhi between former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "They may have talked about the interests of Tamil Nadu and development programmes in the interests of the state." Panneerselvam of the rebel Puratchi Thalaivi (Amma) faction of AIADMK, had raised issues concerning the state, including release of pending funds, but no political developments were discussed. Referring to the May 18 seizure of about Rs 45 crore demonetised currency notes from a man in Chennai, reportedly a BJP functionary, he said "So far as I know, the person from whom the seizure was made is not a BJP man.
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