Vaiko's Modi remarks to please someone for political favour: Radhakrishnan

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan
Coming down heavily on MDMK leader Vaiko for threatening to wave black flags at Prime Minister Narendra Modi whenever he visited Tamil Nadu, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan Tuesday said he was making such remarks to "please someone."

"Modi will definitely visit Tamil Nadu and is ready to face any sort of agitation, including black flag demonstration," he told reporters at the airport here.

Vaiko was making the comments to "please someone" for "political favour," he said.

Taking a dig at Vaiko, Radhakrishnan said the MDMK supremo broke away from DMK, accusing it of conspiring against him and had vowed to teach a lesson to the party.

But he was now showering praises on DMK and wanted to make its leader (MK Stalin) the Chief Minister, he said.

Claiming that the MDMK wanted to remain in the DMK front, the senior BJP leader said many in the DMK considered Vaiko as an "unwanted guest."

To a query on Mekedatu issue, Radhakrishnan said the Centre has given approval only to prepare a project report and not for construction of the dam.

Recently, the Central Water Commission had allowed Karnataka to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the construction of a balancing reservoir cum drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery.

Last week, Chief Minister K Palaniswami had urged the Centre to withdraw its permission to Karnataka for preparing the DPR.

On relief measures in Gaja cyclone-hit areas in the State, he said additional quantum of funds would be decided after receiving the report from the central committee, whhich visited the affected areas recently.

The November 16 cyclone, which affected 12 districts in the state, had claimed 63 lives and left a huge trail of destruction, damaging houses, crops, disrupting electricity supply and uprooting lakhs of trees.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel