Amit Shah's corruption comments trigger debate in TN politics

Amit Shah’s corruption comments trigger debate in TN politics

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s Monday comment that
Tamil Nadu is one of the most corrupt states in the country created an
uproar on Tuesday.

AIADMK leader and senior Minister D Jayakumar on Tuesday sought to
play down the criticism, saying the real meaning of what he said was
lost in translation.

Jayakumar said that in his understanding of the translated speech,
Shah may have used the term corruption to refer to the exchange of
cash for votes. “The DMK and others are experts in bribing voters,” he
added.

However, Congress leader and former Union minister EVKS Elangovan
questioned why the Centre was silent. “If Amit Shah means what he
speaks, then the Centre should immediately dissolve the corrupt AIADMK
government… Shah should also explain the case against his son,” EVKS
said.

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) too welcomed the BJP for speaking the
truth, despite its bonhomie with the AIADMK.

On Monday, Shah had said, “When I think about Tamil Nadu, I feel bad.
I say with deep regret and pain that Tamil Nadu is a state with the
highest prevalence of corruption.”

He also called upon BJP workers to end the practice of cash for votes
in the state. He, however, did not mention name of any parties in his
speech.