Karunanidhi Asks Jaya to Respond to Javadekar’s Criticism of Govt

Javadekar had said Tamil Nadu government was interested in protecting those who pilfered electricity.

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Continuing his tirade against arch rival and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday asked her to respond to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar’s criticism of the AIADMK government, including not opting for central schemes.

Javadekar had said Tamil Nadu government was interested in protecting those who pilfered electricity and this is not a political allegation but one made directly against the government.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa must respond to this and should not ignore the allegation or refrain from giving an explanation to people.
M Karunanidhi, DMK chief

In a statement titled ‘Will Chief Minister Jayalalithaa respond at least to the allegations of Union Minister Javadekar’, Karunanidhi also cited the Union Minister’s remarks on a report on Western Ghats and LED bulbs.

The Criticisms

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks during an interview in his office in New Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks during an interview in his office in New Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)

Javadekar had said on Thursday that he failed to understand why Tamil Nadu had not taken up the central scheme of UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All), which he said had resulted in price of LED bulbs coming down.

Further, the Minister had also pointed out that AIADMK government had not opted for UDAY, aimed at ensuring a turnaround of ‘discoms’ (power distribution companies) and bring them out of debt.

He said the state government was yet to submit a report on an environmental issue over the Kasturirangan report, vis-a-vis Western Ghats with the rest of the states concerned — Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala having submitted the reports.

Citing all these issues, Karunanidhi sought the Chief Minister’s direct response even as he said her cabinet colleagues, O Panneerselvam and Natham R Viswanathan, had come out with “wishy-washy response” to Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal’s “Jayalalithaa is inaccessible” remarks.

Karunanidhi had earlier hit out at Jayalalithaa, saying she should have answered him (Goyal) directly rather than her ministerial colleagues pitching in for the same.

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