Don’t blame Centre for Two Leaves issue: Pon Radhakrishnan

Union Minister and senior BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan has said it was not proper to blame the central government for allotment of “Two Leaves” symbol to unified AIADMK.

On Thursday, the symbol was allotted by the Election Commission to the group led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Pannerselvam,

Reacting to sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s charge that the Centre had a role in allotting the symbol to the EPS-OPS group, Radhakrishnan said, “It is not good and proper to blame the Centre for it.”

Radhakrishnan recently defended income tax searches on the premises of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s family members, relatives and their supporters saying the exercise was part of the fight against black money.

“We should not politicise the income tax department’s action. The I-T department is an autonomous body. Searches were also carried out even on the business establishments and houses of the functionaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party in other states”, he said,