Tamil Nadu: O Panneerselvam wades into DMK’s ‘Ondriya Arasu’ battle | Chennai News – Times of India


CHENNAI: AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam rose to the BJP-led government’s defence on Sunday, slamming the DMK government’s ‘Ondriya Arasu’ (Union government) rhetoric and questioned the direction in which the state was headed.
Instead of focusing its attention in establishing an amicable relationship with the Centre and getting the much-needed benefits for the welfare of Tamil Nadu and its people, the DMK government’s move to belittle the Centre by stirring a controversy was not appreciated by the people of the state, said Panneerselvam.
Recalling the speech made by M K Stalin, the then leader of the opposition and now Tamil Nadu chief minister, in the state assembly on July 19, 2019 that when DMK comes to power it will not only implement what it promised, but also things it did not promise, Panneerselvam wondered whether the CM meant the party’s ‘Ondriya Arasu’ barb and the absence of ‘Jai Hind’ in the governor’s address.
“Ever since the DMK came to power, addressing the Centre as the ‘Ondriya Arasu’ (Union government) has become customary. In fact, chief minister Stalin even sought to explain it away as routine by citing the Indian Constitution, whose first line mentions India as a ‘Union of States’, and it is not against law. But Stalin will do well to remember that B R Ambedkar had explained the ‘Union of States’ as an ‘Union comprising the states’,” Panneerselvam said.
The Indian Constitution, when referring to the Centre, has termed it always as the government of India. Hence, whichever party is in power in the Centre, the government will be known only as the Indian government. “Even former chief minister and DMK leader M Karunanidhi had mentioned the Centre as Indian Union government in several resolutions passed in the state assembly,” Panneerselvam said.
Panneerselvam, who is also the deputy leader of the AIADMK legislature party, urged chief minister Stalin to take steps to remove the remarks made by MLA E R Easwaran, a DMK ally, that the absence of ‘Jai Hind’ in the governor’s address to the assembly recently, had “enabled Tamil Nadu to hold its head high”.
“Jai Hind is a slogan coined by Shenbagaraman Pillai and used by several freedom fighters, including V O Chidambaram Pillai, Tirupur Kumaran, Dheeran Chinnamalai and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Casting aspersions on such a slogan is not right and hence should be removed from the assembly records,” Panneerselvam said.

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