OPS, Nirmala should resign, says Stalin

Following Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s revelation that a military air ambulance was used to airlift his brother from a hospital in Madurai, the Leader of the Opposition and DMK’s working president M.K. Stalin has demanded the resignation of Mr. Panneerselvam and Union Home Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“It is a mystery how a defence helicopter was sent for an individual’s personal requirement. In my opinion, Mr. Panneerselvam, who misused the defence aircraft, and Ms. Sitharaman who sent it, should both resign,” he told reporters when asked about the Deputy Chief Minister’s statement that he was in New Delhi to thank the Minister for her help.

Pointing out that the High Court had already been informed about the DVAC’s decision to conduct a preliminary enquiry against Mr. Panneerselvam, Mr. Stalin said that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami would also face a similar situation.

“We have submitted a memorandum to the Governor listing the irregularities and corrupt practices committed by them in the last seven years. Our party’s organisation secretary R.S. Bharathi handed over a petition with similar charges to the DVAC and it was recorded in the court,” he said, adding that soon the both would be removed from power and sent to jail. “Their Cabinet colleagues also would not be spared,” he further said.

Asked what the DMK had planned to do if the Governor failed to act on its petition, Mr. Stalin said the party would move the court.

On whether the DMK would accept Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, he said an answer for the question would be found during election time.

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