DMK most corrupt, Stalin retaining Balaji in Cabinet out of fear, says Amit Shah in Rameswaram

Changing the name of the Opposition alliance will not cover up its corrupt acts, home minister said while launching Annamalai's padayatra.

ByVinodh Arulappan

Published Jul 29, 2023 | 11:43 AM Updated Jul 29, 2023 | 11:43 AM

DMK most corrupt, Stalin retaining Balaji in Cabinet out of fear, says Amit Shah in Rameswaram

Changing the name of the Opposition alliance will not cover up their corrupt acts, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Addressing a meeting after inaugurating BJP state president K Annamalai’s padayatra on Friday, 28 July, Shah said people would still recall the corruption even after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rechristening itself as INDIA.

Leaders of 26 Opposition parties met in Bengaluru on 18 July and formed a united front, the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A.), against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Shah was referring to the Opposition alliance.

“When the Congress and its allies, including the DMK, go to the people seeking votes, the public would still remember the corruption. They will not forget the scams, including the 2G scam, chopper scam, coal scam, and Commonwealth Games scam that took place under the UPA regime,” he said.

The home minister said all constituents in I.N.D.I.A. were interested in parivaarvaad — or dynasty politics — and corruption instead of developing the nation.

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Stalin fears Senthil Balaji 

Taking on the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu, Shah criticised Chief Minister MK Stalin for retaining V Senthil Balaji in the Cabinet though he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and lodged in jail on charges of money laundering.

“Chief Minister Stalin should be ashamed of retaining him in the Cabinet,” he said. Shah further alleged that Stalin was retaining Balaji in the Cabinet so that the latter would not open his mouth against the DMK’s first family.

Balaji, arrested on 14 June, has been retained as a minister without portfolio. He was in charge of Electricity, Excise, and Prohibition at the time of arrest.

“Stalin has made more than 500 promises to the people of Tamil Nadu. But instead of fulfilling those promises, he has drowned the entire state in liquor and drug trade,” the senior BJP leader alleged.

Referring to the DMK Files that the BJP state president had released, Shah stated that if one tweet by Annamalai could shake the foundation of the DMK government, one should think about the outcome of his meeting the people during the padayatra, covering 10,000 km across the state.

“DMK is the most corrupt party in the entire nation” Shah alleged.

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Appealing to Tamil pride

He also stated that the padayatra was an attempt to uphold development politics and good governance in Tamil Nadu. It would reflect the essence of Tamil culture across the country.

Listing out the initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in spreading the Tamil language, Shah said that Modi honoured the Tamil culture by installing the Sengol — sceptre — in the new Parliament building. He also recalled the Kashi and Saurashtra Tamil sangamams and the recent launch of the Tok Pisin translation of the Thirukkural during his visit to Papua New Guinea.

Tok Pisin is a Creole language spoken in Papua New Guinea.

Listing out the number of beneficiaries of various Union government schemes Shah said that the grants given by the BJP government to the states were four times more than what the UPA government had given during its 10 years in power.

Shah also challenged Stalin to present the 10-year record of the UPA government regarding what it had done for the state and requested the people to ensure a record victory for the NDA and bring Modi back to power for a third term.

Ally party leaders RB Udhayakumar representing AIADMK, TMC leader GK Vasan, Puthiya Thamilagam Party leader Dr Krishnasamy and others attended the event.