- “Already there are some schemes in her name and the government should not allow new schemes to be named after her”
- “If this situation remains, the need for us to approach the court will certainly come up”
DMK Working President and Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly M K Stalin also opposed the naming of government schemes after her and "the use of taxpayers' money for her 69th birthday celebrations" on February 24.
"Jayalalithaa was convicted (in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case). Already there are some schemes in her name and the government should not allow new schemes to be named after her," he told reporters.
Stalin also wanted the schemes named after her to be re-named. He said the late Chief Minister's portraits were found at the Secretariat, the ministers' rooms and local body offices and called for their removal.
"If this situation remains, the need for us to approach the court will certainly come up. Not just (some) elected representatives but people also are opposing this and it could lead to a law and order problem," he said. Stalin said he took up these matters with Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan who assured that he'll look into them, he said.
Stalin also took exception to the state government advertisements given on the occasion of Jayalalithaa's 69th birthday and criticised the participation of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy, his ministers and senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, in a tree plantation drive.
To a question, Stalin said he has not received the unedited footage of the visuals recorded during the February 18 floor test in the state Assembly which was won by Palanisamy. DMK had earlier moved the Madras High Court against the confidence vote and the court had directed the AIADMK to provide clippings or any other recordings to substantiate its claim that the trust vote was held by "contravening" the rules of the state Assembly.
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