In a strong message to detractors, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday asserted that none could disrupt the unity between deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and him.
In the Assembly, he told the DMK principal secretary Durai Murugan that “You (DMK) cannot create a rift between me and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam how hard you try.”
Durai Murugan asked: “You have given the information for the late Chief Minister and yourself. In between, Panneerselvam also held the post of Chief Minister. Why can’t you give the details on whatever he did during his tenure?”
Replying, Palaniswami said: “You have an extraordinary concern for us. I think our unity disturbs you. But you (DMK) cannot create a rift between me and the Deputy chief minister how hard you try.”
Palaniswami took a dig at DMK for sharing power with a “party” at the Centre for five years but talking of communalism now. “Whom did you align with for five years and shared power?” the CM asked, without naming the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
DMK working president M K Stalin on Tuesday alleged that Tamil Nadu was at a boiling point as it was witnessing protests and violence, and a number of inquiry commissions had been constituted to probe such incidents over the past two years.
Speaking during a debate in the Assembly on the demand for grants for the Home Department, Stalin said there was a time when the Tamil Nadu police used to be compared to the UK’s Scotland Yard. “But that was a long time ago. I wonder what happened,” he said.