DMK will make wholehearted efforts to coordinate with Opposition ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, says Stalin

Centre is targeting political parties using IT, ED, CBI is already happening in other states. It has also started here, said Stalin.


Published Jun 01, 2023 | 12:50 PM Updated Jun 01, 2023 | 12:50 PM

MK Stalin Opposition unity

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has said the DMK will take all steps to coordinate the Opposition ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

He was addressing reporters upon his arrival to Chennai from Japan on Wednesday, 31 May, night.

MK Stalin charged the ruling BJP at the Centre with trying to “intimidate” Opposition parties using agencies like Income Tax (IT), CBI, and ED (Enforcement Directorate). He said this while responding to the IT searches at houses of relatives and individuals linked to his Cabinet colleague V Senthil Balaji last week.

“As far as the BJP government is concerned, avenging and targeting (other political parties) using IT, ED and CBI is already happening in other states. It has started here,” MK Stalin said.

The chief minister returned to Chennai following a nine-day official trip to Singapore and Japan. The trip was to attract more investments in the state.

Asked about his meeting with AAP leaders — chief ministers of Delhi and Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, respectively — in Chennai on Thursday, 1 June, and if it was part of “coordinating the Opposition”, the DMK president said, “That effort is already on.”

“This is not new. DMK will also be involved in it wholeheartedly,” MK Stalin said.

Also read: Tamil Nadu CM Stalin returns with investments worth ₹3,233 crore

Sengol in Parliament

To a query about the “Sengol” (sceptre) being installed in the new Parliament building and if it signified Tamil pride. The Stalin said that would have been the case if it was truly from the Chola dynasty, as claimed.

“The Sengol was bent following the way in which our women wrestlers were assaulted that day by police,” he said. He was referring to their protest demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for alleged sexual harassment.

On his two-nation trip, Stalin said investment proposals of over ₹3,000 crore have been signed.

Also read: ‘Sengol has bent the very first day’: MK Stalin on wrestlers arrests

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