Karunanidhi seeks CM Jayalithaa’s response over Union Power Minister’s comments

Power Minister Piyush Goyal at a public meeting in Delhi had said he was unable to meet the Chief Minister or the state ministers during the last 22 months of his tenure.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: March 27, 2016 6:52 pm
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DMK President M Karunanidhi on Sunday sought an explanation from arch rival and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over the reported critical remarks of a Union Minister on the administration of the State.

“When a Union Power Minister (Piyush Goyal) himself has said in a public function that he had not got opportunities to discuss either with Chief Minister or with a Minister on power reforms, I seek an explanation from the AIADMK government for his (Union Minister’s) comments,” Karunanidhi said in a party statement here.

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Hitting out at the AIADMK government, he said, “there will not be any other suitable example than the comments made by a Union Minister on the relationship of the State government with the Centre”.

“AIADMK ministers or Members of the Legislative Assembly, media, central ministers are unable to meet Chief Minister. If such is the case, how will a state’s administration function and how will democracy prevail?” he asked.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal in his reported remarks at a public meeting in Delhi that went viral on social media, had said he was unable to meet the Chief Minister or the state ministers during the last 22 months of his tenure.

“It (TN) is a state within a State. It is part of the country where I can’t even reach out to the Chief Minister. I have made several attempts to talk to their leaders without success,” he had reportedly said.