EPS talks about reports on cracks in AIADMK-BJP alliance

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami has refuted reports of an alleged rift between the ruling AIADMK and its ally BJP.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “We (AIADMK) still have an alliance with them (BJP). There is no change. Why is media trying to create confusion on this?”

When asked about his tweet on the three-language formula, Palaniswami said he had just suggested that Tamil could be taught as an optional language in other states, adding that the Opposition is trying to create a “major controversy”.

“Where did I support three language policy? What I did suggest was a proposal that Tamil could be taught as an optional language in other states. That was all about my tweet. Opposition created a major controversy out of it,” he added.

Palaniswami pointed out that he had only requested the Prime Minister to offer Tamil too as an option for the third language. Soon after, media persons in Delhi expressed interest in getting their children to learn Tamil. However, his remarks were distorted for political gains, he said.

Talking about Lok Sabha election results, the chief minister said that while the BJP made a pact with the AIADMK, it was the media that exaggerated the relationship. The AIADMK’s vote percentage witnessed a drop because the party contested in a limited number of constituencies. However, the DMK won only with its false promises, he remarked.

Palaniswami on Thursday handed over financial assistance of Rs 14 lakh each to the families of two CRPF personnel – G Subramanian of Savalapperi village in Thoothukudi district and C Sivachandran of Kargudi in Ariyalur district – who died in a terrorist attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.