File case against CM, Ministers for electoral malpractice: Stalin

Chennai: AIADMK Amma senior leader and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar on Sunday ridiculed DMK working president MK Stalin for targeting the ruling party on various issues, saying his “desperate” effort to become Chief Minister would end up as a pipe dream. Though Stalin raised the issue for the third day, the speaker refused to allow him to raise the issue and directed him to present the proof in his chambers.The issue was raised by Stalin during zero hour and all DMK MLAs rose and demanded that the speaker allow a debate. Stalin insisted on dissolution of Edappadi K Palaniswamy-led Tamil Nadu government for resorting to horse trading ahead of winning the trust vote.The representation signed by Stalin states: “Only such an effective intervention, at the earliest, by the Governor will save democracy from being in the hands of a government whose Chief Minister has been elected under dubious circumstances and won the constitutionally mandated vote of confidence by dishonest means”. Denying need for enquiry into the alleged cash for trust vote expose, the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, said, “Nowehere in the country, MLAs were bribed to support any party”.DMK, as a “responsible opposition party” had demanded then that the speaker should either order for a secret ballot or adjourn proceedings for a week to make sure that the MLAs cast their “votes in a cordial atmosphere with free will and consent”, he said.He demanded the trust vote to be declared null and void and the government to come forward to announce a CBI probe into the horse-trading issue to bring to light the people involved in the corruption. The governor assured him that he would look into the matter and take appropriate action.Stalin said the poll panel had also sent a 34-page report by the Income Tax Department to the state Chief Electoral Officer and the Chief Secretary.The governor should also direct an investigation by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence or ED “to unearth the money trail and to investigate the offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act”, Stalin added.