Karunanidhi demands alternative arrangement for Jaya

Karunanidhi demands alternative arrangement for Jaya

DMK president M Karunanidhi has said the Tamil Nadu government ‘lacked proper direction’ with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa still in hospital and urged the Governor and the Centre to take appropriate action.

Karunanidhi wrote a letter to the Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Monday stating that the Cauvery issue requires immediate attention and the Tamil Nadu government is unable to present the state’s case effectively.

He said that the Tamil Nadu government is not functioning well because Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is in hospital. The Cauvery issue needs urgent attention and the interests of the farmers are at stake, he stated.

“It is everybody’s opinion that the state government is lacking direction because the chief minister is in hospital. Though no all-party meeting or cabinet meeting or special Assembly session had been held on behalf of the AIADMK government, all parties in Tamil Nadu are united in supporting the demands of farmers like constituting the Cauvery Management Board,” he said.

“Since Ministers or the Chief Secretary are not prepared to take any steps in very important matters like the Cauvery issue without consulting the Chief Minister since she is in hospital, there is a passive situation in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

The former CM added: “In this backdrop, political leaders in the state were individually raising various issues and the government stand on these must be informed after taking decisions on them.”

Meanwhile, it is said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s flying visit to Chennai on Friday to ‘call on’ Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals without extending due courtesy to longtime alliance partner Karunanidhi is threatening to break the political ties between the two parties.

Rahul Gandhi reached the hospital at 11.45 am, spent some 40 minutes there talking to doctors about Jayalalithaa’s condition, peeped in through the glass door of the Critical Care unit where the chief minister has been admitted since 22 September, posed for a photograph with the medical team and left.

Before leaving the hospital, he said that he wanted to “give maximum energy to Jayalalithaa ji so that she gets well soon”. Rahul then headed directly to the airport and went back to Delhi.