In a major controversy against the central government, the AIADMK on Tuesday alleged that the government has failed to release the funds for Tamil Nadu government and neglected the problem of unemployment in the state. He further targeted the PM Modi-led government over implementation of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Speaking to Republic TV, AIADMK deputy speaker Thambi Durai said that the Central government is yet to release funds worth approximately Rs 20,000 crores for the Tamil Nadu which current CM Palaniswami and former CM Jayalalithaa sought from PM Modi.
During madam Jayalalitha period, we met the Prime Minister. She gave the memorandum, requesting nearly Rs 50,000 crore for various departments to be released for Tamil Nadu. Till now they have not released funds. Even present chief minister Palaniswami also visited the PM and requested them for funds. Apart from that, they have not yet released GST compensation of Rs 5,000 that they have to give, they have not released yet. Nearly, Rs 20,000 crores are pending. This is a federal setup. Because of GST, they are telling they are in talks with other states, and states are saying they are deciding. This is not fact at all. This is misleading. State committees are there," Thambi Durai said.
Further, he went onto to hit out at the Central government calling it 'dominating', urging PM Modi to release the funds for the welfare of Tamil Nadu.
"Central government is dominating, there is not any federal working. State government is losing all the financial powers. This is against the federal of the country. They are showing partiality. We are supporting for our rights. Yesterday, CM also made the argument of the funds in the assembly. I hope they release for Tamil Nadu," the AIADMK leader added.
Earlier, participating in the discussion on interim budget in Lok Sabha on Monday, Thambidurai urged the government to release the arrears.
Dubbing the interim Budget as an "election manifesto", he said that if the government was sincere, then it would have announced various measures last year itself.