With Chief Minister O Panneerselvam rubbishing the opposition demand to convene the winter session of legislative assembly, which usually begins in October, DMK treasurer M K Stalin said history is just repeating in Tamil Nadu as the CM is scared to convene the assembly. Stalin, in his Facebook post on Tuesday, recalled that Panneerselvam did not convene the assembly even once during his previous tenure also.
Calling him a ‘benami’ CM, Stalin said Panneerselvam’s helplessness can neither be condoned nor pardoned. “Your duty is to serve the people of Tamil Nadu, your subservience to convicted criminals cannot be above that,” he said.
“With a host of problems facing Tamil Nadu, it is the duty of elected members to find solutions and address issues that affect the state. But Panneerselvam seems to have forgotten or is rather too frightened to admit that he is the Chief Minister,” said Stalin, adding that belittling his request to convene the assembly is an act of humiliating himself and the post he holds.
Stalin demanded to convene the assembly to pass a resolution seeking the protection of the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka and to discuss issues like milk price hike.
On Tuesday, reacting to Stalin’s demand, Panneerselvam said Stalin has been taking efforts to “fish in troubled waters.” “We are expediting all steps to save the five fishermen, while his intention is to fish in troubled waters, which will not fructify,” said the CM in a statement.
Listing out the number of steps the government is taking to save fishermen and a financial aid to fight case, Panneerselvam said the government knows when to convene the Assembly. “There is no need to get advice from Stalin about this,” he said. He also alleged that throughout the assembly sessions in the last three years, DMK has been making false charges and creating confusion when Ministers replied and staging walkout or getting evicted. “DMK should explain if it wants to re-enact the same drama again,” he said.