Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has said there is a “confusion” among DMK members as to who between M Karunanidhi and M K Stalin is their party chief.
Speaking in the assembly, she said, “To give a reply here, there is a confusion on who their leader is, who is their chief? Is it Karunanidhi, who is referred to as party president or is it the Leader of Opposition (Stalin), who is sitting here?”
During her reply to the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address, Jayalalithaa, speaking on Katchatheevu issue, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka through 1974 and 1976 agreements, sought a reply from Karunanidhi on his June 21 statement on the issue and said instead, he should have come to the House and replied to her charges.
Objecting to it, the DMK members shouted slogans and sought permission to speak, despite attracting warnings from Speaker P Dhanapal.
The Chief Minister wondered who is the leader of the DMK, whether Karunanidhi or Stalin. She also said “let me complete my reply first. I am only answering to Karunanidhi’s questions. You can speak after I complete it.”
Underlining that her question was for Karunanidhi, she said, “either DMK members, if they could, answer her or bring their chief to the House” and added that “there is confusion on who their leader is.”
She said, “As a member of the House, he (Karunanidhi) could have expressed his opinion in the House. However, he is issuing a statement without coming to the Assembly. My talk is only related to his statement.”