TN BJP Chief Annamalai said Stalin had gone to Dubai to do criminal activities and not for the welfare of the people.
TN CM Stalin's five-day official visit to Dubai is embroiled in controversies, with opposition parties raising a slew of questions. The 24-hr deadline set by DMK to seek apologies or face Rs.100 crore defamation case notice to TN BJP Chief Annamalai has ended on Sunday.
MK Stalin has left Dubai as part of a five-day official visit on March 24, which will end on March 28. He is accompanied by his wife, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, friends of his son Udhayanidhi, 6 IAS officers in the CM secretariat, three friends of Udhaya Nidhi and a family auditor Shanmugaraj. CM has gone to the Dubai expo, a Modi government initiative that began last October is ending on 31 of this month. Earlier, CMs of Kerala and the other 14 states visited their stalls with little ado. This is the first foreign trip of Stalin after taking charge as CM last May.
His entourage included Durga Stalin (wife), 'shadow CM' Sabareesan (son-in-law) Inban Udayanidhi, Grish Skandan (grandsons) Tamaiya Udhayanidhi (granddaughter), Krithika (Udayanidhi's wife).
DMK and its paid media have been creating hype over the trip. Opposition leader in the assembly, Edappadi K. Palaniswamy termed it as a 'family tour' rather than a step to woo investments. He said Stalin's entire family had travelled with him as if it was an excursion.
Annamalai said, "Anyone doing criminal activities requires an alibi and that the DMK president and CM has travelled to Dubai only as an alibi and that he has travelled only to commit some crime. Stalin had gone to Dubai to do criminal activities and not for the welfare of the people and government. All foreign investments will only be for the benefit of CM and his family."
He added, "Why is the Chief Minister going to Dubai when the trade fair in Dubai ends on March 31? A month before the Chief Minister left for Dubai, his own relatives had gone there. They have made all the arrangements. What is the mystery behind the CM's own relatives often going to Dubai? According to a magazine report, the Chief Minister took 5000 crores when he left for Dubai."
Following this, DMK issued a legal notice of 100 crores, and Annamalai should make a public apology. DMK spared the magazine from which he quoted.
Annamalai tweeted, "I was given to understand DMK party has issued a defamation notice for Rs. 100 cr on me. DMK's first family treats a more commoner like me to be equivalent to a Dubai family like them. I have full faith in our judiciary. Will face all your (DMK) threats in court. My fight is for TN."
Is Sabareesan (not an MLA, party functionary, government servant) acting as an extra-constitutional authority?. In his February visit, Sabareesan posed with K Abdul Ghani, Lulu group chairmen Yusuf Ali, who is from Mallapuram (Kerala), is suspected to be Benami for the left and congress leaders and a hawala dealer.
The group signed an MoU. Lulu group is set to invest Rs. 3,500 Crores in Tamil Nadu to set up shopping malls, hypermarkets and food processing centers. Sabareesan is linked to G Square, a real estate company, which is trying to buy TVS premises in arterial Anna Salai 89 grounds.