‘No change in Jayalalithaa’s political decency’, says DMK chief

Tuesday, May 31, 2016,10:48 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | DMK chief M Karunanidhi today hit out at Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, asking if it was political decency to leave the state assembly when he was entering it to take oath as an MLA.

Stating that there was no change in Jayalalithaa’s political decency, he said in a statement that senior DMK leader K Anbazhagan was made to sit in the sixth row when she was sworn-in as Chief Minister in 2002 and this year his son and party treasurer MK Stalin was also allotted a back-row seat.

Karunanidhi was referring to Jayalalithaa leaving the assembly when he was entering it to take oath as an MLA on May 25.

Jayalalithaa had earlier said there was no intention to show disrespect to Stalin or his party and that the Public Department had followed the protocol manual in allocating seats. Besides, she had thanked Stalin for attending her swearing-in ceremony.

Karunanidhi said on both occasions she gave similar clarifications. Karunanidhi had earlier said his party was insulted at the swearing-in ceremony, complaining about the seating arrangement made for his son Stalin.

On postponement of elections in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies, he asked the Election Commission to disseminate information in a transparent fashion on the steps it had taken following charges of distribution of money.

On new Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s alleged endorsement of a Supreme Court-appointed supervisory committees stand that the Mullaperiyar dam was safe, which signalled a shift in the state’s stance, he said Jayalalithaa should come forward to use this good opportunity.

Vijayan had said on May 28 in Delhi that conflict cannot solve the issue so democratic process need to be followed for a solution, adding, his government will go through reports of various commissions before its next step.