Jayalalithaa has no right to talk of law and order: DMK

April 3rd, 2011 - 10:46 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram Chennai, April 3 (IANS) Citing several crimes and incidents that took place during the AIADMK’s rule in Tamil Nadu under J. Jayalalithaa, DMK leader and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said Sunday she had no right to comment on the law and order situation during his tenure.

Leader of Opposition Jayalalithaa in her campaign ahead of April 13 assembly election in the state has been criticising the DMK government for the worsening law and order situation.

Listing out around 20 incidents that took place while the AIADMK was in power, Karunanidhi in a statement issued here said it was for the people to decide whether the AIADMK leader could claim that law and order was not maintained properly during the DMK rule.

Karunanidhi listed the gruesome burning of three girl students of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University by AIADMK men following Jayalalithaa’s conviction in a corruption case, his midnight arrest by the city police in 2001 along with then union minister Murasoli Maran, the murderous attack on DMK legislator Paruthi Ellamvazhuthi and also the attack on the then governor M. Channa Reddy’s convoy.

The chief minister also listed the attacks on former chief election commissioner T.N. Seshan and union minister P. Chidambaram - while he was on his way to Karaikudi, the acid attack on Indian Administrative Service officer V.S. Chandralekha, attacks on advocates like Vijayan and the uncivilised agitation held by AIADMK cadres against Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy.

He said these were some of the incidents that happened during her tenure as chief minister earlier.

According to Karunanidhi, the AIADMK government had foisted a case for possession of heroin on V.N. Sudhagaran, the foster son of Jayalalithaa, and false cases on Tamil magazine Nakkheeran.

Countering Jayalalithaa’s charge of the DMK government failing to curb prices of essential items, Karunanidhi said a sum of Rs.4,000 crore was provided towards food subsidy to give food items at subsidised rates through ration shops.

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