In an unique interview with India Right now, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin spoke a couple of vary of key points regarding Tamil Nadu, together with the upcoming Meeting elections within the state. Nationwide president of the DMK, 67-year-old MK Stalin is the son of former Tamil Nadu chief minister late M Karunanidhi.
Whereas accusing AIADMK minister SP Velumani of corruption, MK Stalin claimed the BJP is making an attempt to interrupt the occasion of deceased mass chief J Jayalalitha. Throughout his interplay with Priyamvatha P of India Right now, the DMK chief additionally refuted allegations of ‘dynasty politics’ levelled in opposition to him by his political adversaries.
As he recollected vivid reminiscences of Tamil icons Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi), MGR and Anna (CN Annadurai), MK Stalin fought again tears.
Listed here are excerpts from the interview:
Priyamvatha P: Both DMK or AIADMK have been ruling Tamil Nadu for the final 50 years. Is the BJP making an attempt to interrupt one of many Dravidian events to step into Tamil Nadu?
MK Stalin: One correction. You can not name AIADMK a Dravidian occasion as a result of their actions are in opposition to the Dravidian ideology and in opposition to Tamilians. They’re going hand in glove with BJP. So you can not name them a Dravidian occasion. The BJP can break AIADMK however they will by no means step into Tamil Nadu.
Priyamvatha P: Is BJP answerable for inner issues in AIADMK?
MK Stalin: Sure, the BJP is answerable for all this. They wish to enter Tamil Nadu someway. They could reach breaking the AIADMK however can not make a spot for themselves in Tamil Nadu. They’ll by no means succeed as a result of they’re doing many actions in opposition to Tamil Nadu and folks of this state.
Priyamvatha P: What’s the one motive you’ll give folks to not vote for AIADMK?
MK Stalin: The AIADMK is corruption, fee and assortment. We met Governor to submit the checklist of their corruption actions. Corruption in any respect ranges ranging from Edappadi Okay Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu CM) to the junior-most minster. To provide an instance, EPS has given a young value Rs 3,000 crore to his shut family members. We had filed a petition in opposition to this within the Excessive Court docket. The court docket additionally accepted our petition. The court docket had ordered that CBI ought to enquire into this corruption cost however EPS has acquired a keep on this order. If he was harmless, he ought to have confronted it boldly.
However native administration minister SP Velumani is extra corrupt than the CM. I’ve proof [MK Stalin shows documents to India Today]. He (Velumani) ought to be known as corruption minister. He’s minting cash. They’ve bought LED bulbs on behalf of the federal government. The price of the LED bulb is Rs 1,550 available in the market.
He has bought it for Rs 14,997. The unique worth is Rs 1,550. They’ve issued a GO at the next channel. We’ve got filed a case and knowledgeable even the Governor. The tender has been given to Veeramani’s family members and benamis (unknowns).
Priyamvatha P: What do it’s important to say in regards to the violence on the tractor rally in Delhi?
MK Stalin: It was very painful. Farmers have been protesting for the final two months the midst of chilly and snow. They’ve been staying with household, cooking meals, dealing with many hurdles and are protesting in a peaceable method. Not simply your entire nation however your entire world was saddened to see their plight throughout the tractor rally. Prime Minister ought to have immediately gone and spoken to the farmers. He ought to have gone to the spot and met. That’s disappointing. In accordance with me, the farm legal guidelines ought to be withdrawn.
Priyamvatha P: Why are we not seeing main farmers’ protests in Tamil Nadu?
MK Stalin: There are protests right here. In Thiruvarur, there was a tractor protest. The protesters have been arrested they usually have been booked in non-bailable instances. I had known as for an all-party assembly. We handed a decision in opposition to the regulation. The DMK performed a starvation protest. We’ve got requested for a decision to be handed in opposition to the laws in Tamil Nadu Meeting.
Priyamvatha P: Udhayanidhi Stalin has been made youth wing secretary of the DMK. What shall be his future position within the occasion, contemplating allegations by the BJP and AIADMK of dynasty politics?
MK Stalin: It is a politically-instigated assertion. They saved calling me inheritor however I got here up throughout the occasion alone in a step-by-step course of. Equally, Udhayanidhi is like different cadres who’ve labored step-by-step and reached a place. He initially campaigned at Port Belief and Thousand Lights constituencies. He even campaigned for parliament elections. Even now for the upcoming elections, he’s conducting campaigns like “Vidiyalai Nokki” (In the direction of the Daybreak) “Stalin Kural”.
He has given new power to the youth wing after turning into its secretary. So he’s solely rising. We did not groom him. Whoever works exhausting and grows within the occasion has been given posts. It is the identical for Udhayanidhi. AIADMK leaders like O Paneerselvam and Jayakumar have given posts to their sons with none exhausting work for the occasion. We are able to in all probability name that dynasty politics. That may by no means occur in DMK.
Priyamvatha P: Is there a chance of an alliance between DMK and Kamal Haasan?
MK Stalin: He needn’t speak in opposition to us as a result of now we have not been in energy for the final 10 years. There’s a want to speak about AIADMK. They’ve achieved a lot corruption. That’s the reason Kamal has spoken in opposition to them. There’s nothing extra to say.
Priyamvatha P: Will seat-sharing pose an issue for the Congress-DMK alliance?
MK Stalin: Puducherry politics is totally different. Can not evaluate it with Tamil Nadu however DMK and Congress have been in an alliance. Typically, DMK will contest individually. Typically, Congress will contest individually. Whoever will get extra votes will change into the chief minister in Puducherry.
Even now, the DMK unit in Puducherry needs to do it like that however they may talk about with us and resolve. Celebration staff in Puducherry shall be disciplined and work in tandem with us. So far as Tamil Nadu is anxious, we each have been working in a easy method from the parliament elections. Positively, DMK-Congress alliance will proceed. Little doubt about that.
Priyamvatha P: What do it’s important to say a couple of image of your self with a ‘vel’ that’s viral?
MK Stalin: Individuals appreciated and felicitated me and gave that vel. I took it. The image was taken at the moment. If I had refused to take the vel, the opposition would have blamed me for that. I’m not anxious. We’re not saying there is no such thing as a good. We’re not in opposition to those that pray to god. In actual fact, my spouse prays to god and does pooja for 20 hours in 24 hours. Anna’s coverage is “Onre Kulam Oruvane devan” (complete humanity belongs to at least one faith). We comply with that.
Priyamvatha P: DMK has been campaigning in opposition to ‘Hindi’ imposition within the new schooling coverage.
MK Stalin: In Railways and central authorities circulars, the Centre had solely stated Hindi. We protested in opposition to that they usually withdrew the coverage. When Amit Shah stated that Hindi shall be a typical language, we protested in opposition to it. We stated don’t create Sixties scenario (anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu). We warned. Then Amit Shah himself stated he didn’t imply it that means. He satisfied us by way of the Governor to cease the agitation. We’re not saying no to ‘Hindi’. We’re saying do not power Hindi.
Priyamvatha P: What about DMK’s demand for the discharge of these convicted of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination?
MK Stalin: Sure, now we have insisted on their launch repeatedly. We’re saying the identical even now.
Priyamvatha P: AIADMK is taking credit score for Jayalalitha memorial and claiming that they too are in search of the discharge of Rajiv Gandhi convicts. How do you reply to that?
MK Stalin: If I speak about Jayalalitha memorial, then the AIADMK will create a marketing campaign saying we’re in opposition to the memorial. We’re not going there. We’re not in opposition to the memorial however they haven’t investigated into the mysterious dying of Jayalalitha. It has been greater than three-and-a-half years since Arumugasamy Fee was shaped to probe Jayalalitha’s dying. It was shaped to inform the reality to folks.
OPS was the one who stated there’s a thriller surrounding the dying of Jayalalitha. He wished the fee however the Deputy CM has not appeared earlier than the fee even ten occasions. We solely need that reality. We’re not anxious in regards to the memorial or cash spent on it.
Priyamvatha P: What papers will bear your first signature in the event you type the subsequent authorities in Tamil Nadu?
MK Stalin: No matter folks of Tamil Nadu need.
Priyamvatha P: What involves your thoughts taking a look at an image of your self (MK Stalin) with Kalaignar and MGR?
MK Stalin: This was taken in 1971 after the dying of Anna (CN Annadurai), our chief (M Karunanidhi) had taken up the DMK occasion and performed an election. He created a document by profitable 184 constituencies. We enacted a play known as “Murase Mulangu” for the election as a part of the youth wing. This picture was taken on the concluding day of the play. MGR was the treasurer of DMK then and gave us certificates. I’m not your father however periyappa (Uncle – father’s elder brother), he advised me. I counsel that you just preserve this away and focus on your research. Your father cannot say so I’m telling you to review. I nonetheless bear in mind it so properly.
MGR not solely gave a certificates. I bear in mind one other occasion. The play was being staged in all campaigns. The inaugural was in Saidapet. MGR was sitting in a chair. He eliminated the chair because it was obstructing the view for the folks. He sat down on the bottom and began watching the play. I’ve all these footage.
Priyamvatha P: How properly do you bear in mind Anna?
MK Stalin: So far as Anna is anxious, I’ve been very near him since childhood. He used to name me “Vada-Poda” (a time period in Tamil to discuss with somebody near you).
Largely, Anna used to remain at Kalaignar’s home. If he wished to sleep or take relaxation, he would both come to our home or go to Professor’s (late Okay Anbazhagan) home. He would sleep with out disturbance. Throughout that point, I used to take a cycle to purchase his favorite espresso or pakoda from a café in Royapettah. I generally used to go stroll even 5 km to that café to purchase him snacks. That point, the remaining change of fifty paise could be obtainable for us. I used to take it as fee. These are such beautiful reminiscences.
We had began an outfit for kids in Gopalapuram (DMK Elaingar Mandram). It was began at a barbershop. Anna had change into CM by then. It was only one 12 months after he had taken over. Our group wished to conduct a birthday celebration for Anna. So I went to his home to ask for the time. That point Anna was unwell. All VIPs like Okay Rajaram, Sathyavani Muthu, NVN Somu, TK Shanmugam and VR Nedunchezhiyan have been current. They requested me to depart saying Anna is just not properly. So I returned dwelling.
I used to be consuming meals at Gopalapuram home. Abruptly CM’s official automotive with quantity plate 7007 got here to my home. I bear in mind the automotive color additionally. It was yellow in color. Driver’s title was Shanmugam. He stated CM has requested you to come back dwelling instantly. Once I went, Anna requested why I left regardless of coming to satisfy him. I stated all of them requested me to depart. He stated allow them to say something. I requested him to come back for the birthday celebrations. He stated he’ll come. I requested him to verify the date and time instantly. Anna stated I’m persistent like my father. However Anna could not come after that as a result of he needed to depart for America for remedy.