Adani issue: Tamil Nadu CM Stalin demands JPC probe | India News

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin on Tuesday alleged that the charges levelled against Adani Group were direct charges against the Centre and demanded a probe into the issue by a joint parliamentary committee. “A debate should be held in Parliament. A JPC probe should be ordered,” Stalin said.
He also accused Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi of insulting the legislature that had unanimously passed a Bill to ban online gambling three months ago.
Responding to a query in ‘Ungalil Oruvan’ programme about the Union government’s reluctance to order a probe by the JPC or even the debate in Parliament about Hindenburg Research report, Stalin said the bench led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud was hearing the case seriously. “The questions raised by brother Rahul Gandhi are serious. It is shocking that the Prime Minister did not reply a single word to this,” he said.
He said expunction of Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Adani Group in Lok Sabha was against Parliamentary democracy. “Erasing from the Parliament records cannot erase from the people’s minds,” Stalin said.
On the Prime Minister’s statement that the Enforcement Directorate had brought the opposition together, the chief minister said it was a confessional statement as to what the enforcement agency was being used for. “This is the first time a Prime Minister has admitted in Parliament that he is taking revenge on the opposition parties,” the CM said, adding that it was not good for the country, autonomous bodies and democracy either.
Stalin alleged that the Prime Minister was indulging in word plays for hours in Parliament but not responding to the opposition’s charges. Neither did he list the realization of the assurances given to the people nor did he clarify the BBC documentary and Adani issue.
“The DMK MPs raised several queries like Sethusamudram shipping channel project, NEET, state’s rights, intervention of the governor and delay in assent to the online gambling bill. There was no answer to this in the PM’s reply. He has nothing to say to Tamil Nadu,” the CM said.
On the PM’s jibe that the DMK aligned with the Congress that dismissed the M Karunanidhi-led DMK regime, Stalin, who is also the DMK president, said, “How can he say this? He aligned with the AIADMK that brought down the BJP government (Vajpayee regime).”
Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that ‘the more mud you fling, the more the lotus will bloom,” Stalin said the lotus would not bloom everywhere and not in places of mud. He also rejected Modi’s claim that people were his shield.
Turning to the Union budget, Stalin alleged that Tamil Nadu was ignored and the Centre had not allocated funds for even its lone project, AIIMS in Madurai. Funding from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency also had not come, the chief minister charged.
Terming as mysterious the delay in assent to the Bill to ban online gambling, Stalin listed out four suicides last week in Chennai, Namakkal, Salem and Madurai. “How many more lives should be lost for him to sign?” he said. He said the Centre levied tax on online gambling insisted of banning it.
Refuting the charges that the DMK won the 2021 elections by making false promises, the chief minister said his government realised 85% of the promises and implemented schemes like Pudumai Penn that were not poll promises. Pudumai Penn scheme offering Rs 1,000 each month to girl students of government schools pursuing higher education would benefit generations.
He said his next Kala Aaivil Muthalamaichar (CM on field study) programme would be held next in Salem on February 15 and 16, covering Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts.
Stalin said his style of constructive politics, ignoring the slander had weakened the opposition. “I don’t want to waste my time responding to slander, lies and fallacious arguments. People have trusted me and voted for me. My goal is to provide all benefits to the people in my regime,” he said.
Asked about the advantages of the AIADMK securing two leaves symbol, Stalin said that one should not forget the AIADMK’s symbol getting defeated in the general elections, assembly and local body elections in the recent past.

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