Does seeking funds for state amount to secessionism, asks CM Stalin

Stalin asked if it was fair that the PM comes to Chennai just "for votes" when he did not visit during the December 2023 floods in Chennai and Thoothukudi.


Published Mar 14, 2024 | 10:02 PMUpdatedMar 14, 2024 | 10:02 PM

MK Stalin addressing the gathering. (Screengrab)

Mounting yet another attack on the BJP-led Centre, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday , 14 March, wondered aloud if seeking funds for the state amounted to “secessionism”, as alleged by some persons.

He was speaking after launching various development initiatives meant for North Chennai, and also talked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visits to the state.

Stalin asked if it was fair that the PM comes to Chennai just “for votes” when he did not come during the December 2023 floods in Chennai and Thoothukudi and address the affected people.

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Funds to Gujarat but not to Tamil Nadu

“He (PM) took a chopper ride to Gujarat when the people were affected there due to floods; he gave relief funds the next day,” Stalin said, adding, “I am not asking why you gave funds to Gujarat. Why is it that there is heart to give funds to Gujarat the very day while the same is not the case with Tamil Nadu?”

“If we raise this, we are identified as secessionists; they (BJP, apparently) speak as though we are secessionists,” he said.

The CM was referring to the ₹37,000 crore flood relief package Tamil Nadu has been seeking following the devastating floods in Chennai and the southern district of Thoothukudi.

Referring to Modi’s visits to the state in the coming days, Stalin alleged that he was coming to the state only “for votes, after doing nothing for Chennai” in the past 10 years.

The chief minister also pointed out that the Centre is yet to grant funds for the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail to the state.

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