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Centre not biased in allocating funds to Tamil Nadu, says MK Alagiri

Press Trust of India
Jan 01, 2013 at 05:44pm IST

Madurai: Refuting charges that the Union Government was biased in allocating funds for Tamil Nadu, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers MK Alagiri on January 1 said whatever allocation was made to the state during DMK rule is being made now. "The chief minister (Jayalalithaa) is deliberately making such statements for political reasons. She is giving political cover to ordinary issues," he said when asked about Jayalalithaa's reported charge that the Centre was not helping the state in anyway.

Asked about the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and AIADMK's decision to go it alone, he said there was still time for the elections. None could predict what would happen, he said.

Referring to the description of the chief minister in some circles as the future Prime Minister, he said "That is AIADMK men's wish. Many persons in Tamil Nadu are called future Chief Ministers. Even (opposition leader in the assembly) Vijayakant (actor-politician and founder of DMDK) is described as future CM. But we have to see if that will happen...,"he said.

Centre not biased in allocating funds to TN: MK Alagiri

Asked about the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and AIADMK's decision to go it alone, Alagiri said there is still time for it.

He described the current rule of the state as a "dark period. The state is without electricity. But chief minister is talking about next elections." Alagiri alleged that Jayalalithaa did not keep her electoral promises. She had dropped the good schemes of the previous DMK government, he said.

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