Stalin back from Kolkata, slams govt over Rafale deal

DMK president and Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly M K Stalin, who had returned to Chennai after attending a mega anti-BJP front rally in Kolkata, has challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale aircraft deal. In a statement, he said has no right to claim that there was no corruption during the four-and-a-half-year BJP-led NDA government.

"Modi, instead of repeating his empty rhetoric that there was no corruption during his regime and his baseless campaign that Opposition was telling lies on the issue, should come forward to uphold the dignity of the post of Prime Minister," he said. Urging Modi to understand that more than him,  the DMK and the Opposition parties have more care for National security, he also urged the PM to order a JPC probe  into the Rafale deal if he really cares for Nation's security.

On Saturday, speaking at the Kolkata rally, Stalin underscored  importance of opposition standing united to end the BJP rule at the Centre. Terming the ensuing Lok Sabha elections the country’s second fight for Independence, he also came down heavily on Narendra Modi saying the latter was jittery over the coming together of opposition parties.