Chennai: Criticising the Tamil Nadu government's decision to convert the Rs 1,200 crore Assembly-secretariat complex into a hospital, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday alleged it was a clear case of political vendetta and waste of public money.
Writing in his party organ 'Murasoli', the former chief minister said the government did not want to function from the new complex only because it was constructed during the DMK regime.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday announced in the Assembly that her government has decided to convert the complex into a multi-super-speciality hospital on the pattern of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences at Delhi and a new medical college.
Jayalalithaa chose to function from the old Assembly-secretariat complex in Fort St George.
Seeking to pick holes in the government's move, Karunanidhi said, "If it is going to be used as a hospital, how much would it cost more and what will happen to the money that was already spent in constructing the building?"
"Some people criticised the new Assembly complex saying it does not have adequate space and infrastructure. But now they say it will be used as a hospital. You can run a hospital in the same building but you cannot run a Secretariat. It is an act of political vendetta," he said.
The new Assembly complex was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 13 last year, much before the construction of the building was fully completed.
Jayalalithaa has chosen to function from the old Assembly-secretariat complex in Fort St George citing administrative convenience.