He also pitted the BJP against the AIADMK cadre and said the saffron party is not a friend of Jayalalithaa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not visit Jayalalithaa when she was being treated at the Apollo Hospital, but he had visited ailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi, he said while adding that he was not against anyone calling on the DMK leader.
Speaking to reporters at Thoothukudi, he said, “The residence of Amma in Poes Garden is like a temple to us. The raid on that house is a disgrace to us.” He alleged that both Chief Minister Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were responsible for the raids and they should answer the people. People like Palaniswami, who had earlier said that they would make ‘Veda Nilayam’ a memorial had now allowed I-T raids on the same house, Dinakaran said and accused him of deceiving all the 1.5 crore AIADMK cadres.
He added that the MLAs of his sleeper cell would come out into the open at the appropriate time. He further charged the Centre with using the I-T department to defame his family.
“I-T sleuths did not find anything in Poes Garden residence except a few laptops and pen drives. They had taken away a few letters related to politics that Jayalalithaa had received. They did not find any valuable documents in Veda Nilayam,” he said.
Rs 1 crore for VOC museum in Thoothukudi port
Union Minister of State Pon Radhakrishnan stoutly denied Dinakaran’s charges. He said, “The I-T raids were carried out after collecting evidence of irregularities of people close to Jayalalithaa and there was no ulterior motive behind them.” The Poes Garden raid is a sequel to the searches conducted earlier and is based on the evidences collected so far, he said.
When asked about the previous I-T raids on the house of sand baron Sekar Reddy and the charges against state Ministers, Radhakrishnan said, “The I-T department is working on the cases and the exact progress could be confirmed only with them.”
Radhakrishnan earlier garlanded the statue of freedom fighter VO Chidambaram Pillai at his residence in Ottapidaram in Thoothukudi district and then proceeded to the VOC Port to inspect dredging works. He also announced setting up of a museum for VOC at the Port within a year at a cost of Rs 1 crore.
In Chennai, DMK working president MK Stalin refused to comment on the raids on Veda Nilayam, though he raked up the earlier raids on Sekar Reddy and Ministers.
Security beefed up at CM’s house
A heavy posse of police was deployed at Poes Garden following protests by TTV Dinakaran’s supporters against the Income Tax raids at Veda Nilayam on Saturday. Police allowed vehicles to pass through the locality only after screening. Dinakaran’s supporter CR Sarawathi, who came there, was stopped at the entrance of the road leading to Veda Nilayam. Security had been increased at the official residences of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam.