AIADMK's hunger strike over the hooch disaster

On Thursday, June 27, MLAs and party members, led by general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami, staged a hunger strike in Chennai to demand a CBI investigation into the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy
AIADMK's hunger strike over the hooch disaster

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party said that the purpose of the fast is to denounce the "denial of permission" to bring up the matter in the state Assembly.  Chief of the DMDK, Premalatha Vijayakanth, stopped by the location and gave the demonstration her party's support. The AIADMK lawmakers, who have been barred from the current Assembly session for interfering with its operations, started their fast at Rajarathinam stadium at nine in the morning. They were dressed in black shirts. The main opposition party claims that the fast is also a protest against the "denial of permission" to bring up the matter in the state Assembly. In a post on X, Palaniswami maintained that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should look into the hooch killings and requested the resignation of Chief Minister M K Stalin. He questioned why Stalin had not yet paid a visit to Kallakurichi, given that the death toll had "crossed 60." He also harshly criticized the chief minister for his'reluctance' to engage in an open dialogue about the matter in the Assembly. Speaking to media at the location of the fast, Premalatha Vijayakanth supported the AIADMK's call for a CBI investigation and asked that S Muthusamy, the Minister of Prohibition and Excise, should down from his position in order to uphold justice. She claimed that the leaders of the AIADMK have not been allowed by the police to "make speeches" (over public address system) and she condemned "repression."

Information on the hooch catastrophe won't surface unless the CBI looks into it, and the AIADMK and her party, the DMDK, are certain about this. "Running party persons abetted the brewing of illicit arrack," the accuser stated. She denounced the suspension of the AIADMK MLAs and insisted that the government identify the rules that the opposition party members had broken. "Where could the Kallakurichi tragedy be discussed other than the Assembly," she demanded. The AIADMK members and opposition leader, 'Annan' (older brother), Edappadi Palaniswami, were denied the opportunity to address the issue, and she questioned whether this was equitable. "Only personal issues are to be discussed in the Assembly. Taxpayer funds are used to operate the House."

She referred to opposition leader Rahul Gandhi's statement in the Lok Sabha, stating that he is sure the Speaker will allow us to speak and represent the voice of the Indian people, and that DMK MPs will support him in doing so. She also questioned how there could be different rules for the state Assembly and the Parliament. Her accusation was that the opposition should have been given a voice in Parliament, not that the DMK government prevented them from bringing up matters in the state Assembly. She asserted that history will record that the DMK, during its opposition, was the party that organized more walkouts and prevented the House proceedings from continuing. Chief Minister Stalin's claim that the AIADMK obstructed the procedures to generate publicity was denied by her.

Stalin's 'torn shirt' moment, which occurred in 2017 when the Palaniswami-led dictatorship won a vote of confidence amid chaos, was the pinnacle of notoriety during the previous AIADMK regime. decades. It is unnecessary to focus on the AIADMK, a party that has ruled the state for more than 50 years. Leader of the Republican Party of India, C K Tamilarasan, also paid a visit to the hunger strike location and offered assistance. Palaniswami had declared on Wednesday that it was against democracy to "deny an honest debate" about the hooch catastrophe, which has allegedly claimed the lives of over sixty people, as well as to expel and punish AIADMK MLAs. Rather than act on the deaths of hooch, the former chief minister denounced what he called the DMK government's "diversionary politics." It is expected that the hunger strike will conclude by Thursday at 5 p.m.

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