DMK has no right to talk about democracy: Nirmala Sitharaman

File photo of Nirmala Sitharaman

Chennai: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has criticised the DMK for aligning with the Congress and said the DMK has no right to speak about democracy.

Speaking at a virtuall rally organised by the State unit of the BJP to mark one year completion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government-2, she said the Congress imposed the Emergency because they were ‘power hungry’.

During the Emergency, DMK and Opposition leaders were arrested. Taking a dig at the DMK for aligning with the Congress, which had imposed Emergency and also dismissed the DMK government in Tamilnadu, she expressed surprise that the DMK has joined hands with the Congress and speak about democracy and freedom of speech.

“What right the DMK has got to speak about democracy. The time has come now for them to reflect on this,” she added.

Highlighting the one year achievements of Modi Government-2, Nirmala cited the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, the decision to criminalise ‘triple talaq’, intrdouction of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the historic Ayodhya verdict.

Pointing out the proposed defence corridor and other schemes, she said Modi has a special focus for Tamilnadu and that the Centre’s support for the State would continue.

Stating that Tamilnadu will benefit from the Rs 20,000 crore package announced by the Centre for developing the fishing sector, NIrmala said the Union government has released Rs 6,600 crore to the State in just three months of the current fiscal towards Covid-19 relief and prevention measures.

Noting that 240 Shramik Special trains were operated from Tamilnadu to transport migrant workers back to their homes, she said 80 more trains were ready and would be operated soon.


NT Bureau