Jayalalithaa govt is in sleep mode: MK Stalin
Leader of opposition of Tamil Nadu state Assembly and DMK treasurer MK Stalin is unhappy with the functioning of the state. He has expressed this in many occasions recently. Recently, Stalin said at a function that the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK government is non-functional. He raised concern on the dip in the position of Tamil Nadu in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index released by the Central government.
On the basis of a 340-point business reform action plan and their implementation by the States, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings. The period covers from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. Last year, Tamil Nadu was in the 12th position in business reforms, but now, it is in the 18th position. The state has been steadily falling in the past few years.
Pointing out the decline in the new ranking and the industrial growth of the state, Stalin said: “The AIADMK government conducted the global investors meet last year to bring more foreign investors but no new industry has been started till now as promised”.
He attacked the state government while addressing a gathering in-connection with Tiruparankundram assembly election. Pointing out the interventions in Cauvery water issue, he said: “The government is in sleep mode for several months and does not care for the welfare of the people.”
He criticised the government for not convening an all-party meet to address the Cauvery water dispute issue, like Karnataka has done. The DMK had called an all-party meet on October 26, which was attended by several political parties from the state, including its ally Indian National Congress.
While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation is prolonging at Chennai Apollo hospital, Stalin had demanded that one of the ministers should take over the responsibility of Chief Minister to take decisions on key issues like the Cauvery dispute.
Jayalalithaa has been hospitalised since September 22. The hospital, in their first statement, said she is suffering from fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital said she was on respiratory support and was being treated with antibiotics for infection. The last statements from the hospital indicated that the ” Jayalalithaa is getting recovered and making gradual progress, but requires a longer stay in hospital.”
On October 11, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao had allocated the portfolios of the Chief Minister to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam. The press release from Raj Bhavan had stated that “This arrangement has been made as per the advice of the Chief Minister and will continue until the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa resumes her duties. Jayalalithaa will continue to be the Chief Minister “.