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AIADMK accepts DMK's challenge in TN Assembly on Centre

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Amid a furore, the ruling AIADMK Monday accepted a challenge thrown by arch rival in the Assembly over criticism of the

When the of the Opposition M K Stalin, referring to a host of issues that have a link with the Centre like devolution of funds to the State from the Union government, said there were no references critical and condemnatory of the Centre in that regard in the Governor's address.

Speaking on the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address, said if "flute was played" when "war drums should be beaten," with regard to the Central government it would be construed that the situation was not properly understood (by the State government).

The leader, faulting the government for failure on all the fronts, said the federal structure of governance in placed both the Central and State governments on the same footing and no room should be given for one to assume a big brother role.

When Fisheries D Jayakumar, intervening said the "story and dialogue," of on relations were good, members vociferously objected to it with Chief K Palaniswami pitching in saying his colleague was only trying to answer.

Jayakumar asked if during the DMK's rule between 1996 and 2001 and from 2006 to 2011, the Governor's address had references condemning the Centre, saying it was not so.

asked the to prove it, saying they would prove their stand apparently indicating that the Governor's address during DMK regime had critical references to the Centre.

When the DMK said "this is Assembly and not like giving interviews to the media," Jayakumar stuck to his line and reiterated that the Centre was not condemned in the customary address of the during the DMK rule.

On the Sterlite issue, when Stalin reiterated his party's demand that a policy decision be taken to ensure the permanent closure of the copper plant at Tuticorin, the replied that the government was committed to the all-time closure, saying steps were being taken for that.

Though the Board is itself empowered to close the unit, he himself signed a file on the closure of Sterlie, Palaniswami said.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 21:05 IST