Karunanidhi was aware of Congress’ move on Katchatheevu but didn’t object, says Nirmala Sitharaman

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Chennai: Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman slammed the DMK for spreading the false campaign in the Katchatheevu island issue.

Nirmala Sitharaman accused the DMK and Congress of carrying out false propaganda regarding Kachchathivu and said, “Nehru referred to Katchatheevu as a nuisance; Indira Gandhi referred to Katchatheevu as a mere stone island. Why didn’t Karunanidhi object to Nehru and Indira Gandhi talking about Katchatheevu,” she questioned. The Union Minister also questioned why the DMK did not speak up when the Congress banned Jallikattu.

With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the BJP has taken the Katchatheevu issue as its main campaign in Tamil Nadu and the saffron party has been criticizing the DMK and the Congress for the past two days and held these two parties responsible for the ceding of the island to Sri Lanka in 1974.

BJP rakes the issue for the sake of election: DMK and Congress

In retaliation, Congress and DMK said the BJP has taken Katchatheevu for the sake of the Lok Sabha elections and they questioned what steps the BJP government has taken to retrieve Katchatheevu in the last 10 years. Chief Minister Stalin has accused the BJP and Prime Minister Modi of staging a love drama towards fishermen for the sake of the polls.

Responding to a question about what steps the BJP has taken to recover Katchatheevu in ​​the last 10 years, she said that a writ petition was filed in the court. To a question about election bonds, Nirmala Sitharaman pointed out that it was the DMK that got 90 percent of the funds through election bonds.

Earlier, Nirmala Sitharaman had said that she did not have money to contest the Lok Sabha elections. Even Chief Minister Stalin criticized that she did not contest the election because she knew that if she contested the election, the people would teach her a lesson.

Centre allocated 9,00 crore relief to Tamil Nadu: Nirmala Sitharaman

Responding to the Tamil Nadu government’s allegation that the central government did not provide adequate financial assistance to the state, the BJP minister said that the centre allocated 9,00 crore to Tamil Nadu after the flood.

“We have provided Rs.5000 crore as a special fund for Chennai. What did they do with this fund? Can the Tamil Nadu government provide the details about the spending,” she asked.

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