DMK president M K Stalin on Friday challenged Tamil Nadu electricity minister P Thangamani to file a defamation case against him within one week failing which he would file a case against the latter.
Speaking to reorters, Stalin denied the Minister’s charge that he was providing wrong information to the media on the issue.
Stating that he had alleged irregularities in procurment of wind power by the government, Stalin said “the Minister, instead of giving explanations to the charges, is levelling baseless charges against me”.
“I have released proof of fake wind power purchase. On Friday, Thangamani said he would file cases against me. I am ready to face them as I have proof with me. I give him one week’s time to file a case against me failing which I will file a case against him and present in the court proof of the fake power purchase,” he added.
Stalin had earlier stated that unannounced power cut had been effected in several places in the State, leaving the public, industrial units and farmers to suffer.
“The power demand stands at 13,260 MW but the supply is 10,000 MW. As a result, there is a shortfall of 3,260 MW. Even though 1,600 MW power is purchased, the power utility is still grappling with a shortage of 1500 MW,” he said in a statement.
A former AIADMK lawmaker in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district was arrested for spreading slanderous remarks on Whatsapp about Thangamani, who has been bufetted by allegations of corruption by Stalin.
Saraswathi P, who had won from the Kapilamalai constituency from Namakkal district in 1991 and later shifted to the DMK, has been arrested and remanded to 10 days of judicial custody.