Tamil Nadu is set to witness the first General elections in decades without its stalwart leaders, J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. However this doesn’t mean that the two leaders are completely out of the political landscape just yet. In fact, both of them are being evoked on a regular basis. But things have reached a new low after the state’s chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami alleged that M K Stalin had kept his father and DMK Supremo M Karunanidhi under house arrest.
While the attacks have gotten personal, the Chief Minister took it to an all new low while campaigning on Monday. The chief minister started by saying that he had information from senior DMK leaders and functionaries about why Karunanidhi was unable to speak during his final years.
He added that, “If Karunanidhi is hale and healthy, Stalin can’t become the leader of the DMK. Hence Stalin did not ensure that better treatment was provided for the ailing leader and kept him under house arrest for two years. Had he been taken abroad for treatment, he would have been able to speak,” the chief minister said, quoting DMK sources.
As the crowds cheered, he said that, “Stalin was the DMK leader who kept his father under arrest.”
He also referred to how Stalin was elected DMK President only after the demise of his father Karunanidhi. Palaniswami, who is also the co-coordinator of the AIADMK, said that if such cruelty was meted out to a serving MLA and former chief minister, it is the duty of the government to probe the matter.