The raids by Income Tax officials have given the DMK “good publicity” forward of subsequent week’s election, Udhayanidhi Stalin – son of get together boss MK Stalin – advised NDTV, a day after contentious searches at properties belonging to Mr Stalin’s daughter and son-in-law and different get together leaders.
The raids – which sources right now mentioned turned up nothing however Rs 1.36 in cash that was returned after it was correctly accounted for – got here after Udhayanidhi Stalin questioned what he referred to as the “exponential rise in wealth” of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah.
The youthful Stalin has focused Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the previous 48 hours – a response to the Prime Minister calling him a “crown prince” throughout a rally in Dharapuram.
“PM Modi and Amit Shah target me. That is why I target them,” Udhayanidhi, who’s making his electoral debut within the April 6 Assembly election, mentioned.
To the Prime Minister’s criticism of dynastic politics within the DMK, he mentioned: “Let the people of Chepauk-Thiruvallikenni (the seat he is contesting) decide… We will win with a thumping majority.”
On the raids he mentioned: “IT raids have given DMK free publicity. Raids have not shaken up the party.”
On Friday Udhayanidhi took on Amit Shah over the “exponential rise” in his son Jay Shah’s wealth; he alleged that this had elevated from Rs 15,000 to Rs 120 crore.
Out of energy for 10 years, the DMK is making an attempt laborious to unseat the ruling AIADMK, which has renewed ties with the BJP. That alliance yielded a rout within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls – they received simply one in all 39 seats – and the DMK will hope for the same clear sweep this yr.
The get together has slammed the raids, which come days earlier than voting begins, as politically motivated.
A livid MK Stalin mentioned the individuals would “give a clear verdict on April 6 for this miscalculation”.
“BJP abuses energy as normal amid looming defeat with no public assist. We will not be AIADMK to prostrate ourselves earlier than your (the BJP’s) ft as slaves. We have no fear… we will stand with courage. The individuals will give a transparent verdict on April 6…” he mentioned on Friday.
Udhayanidhi Stalin – an actor/producer who additionally heads the DMK’s youth wing – will not be solely making his electoral debut this yr, however has additionally been listed as a ‘star campaigner’.
In 2019 he campaigned throughout the state in the course of the Lok Sabha polls and was rewarded with the Youth Wing Secretary submit earlier held by his father.
Sources mentioned his enrolment drives introduced round 24 lakh new members to the get together and, in a bid to strengthen ranks, he has expanded office-bearers from 4,500 to round 3.5 lakh.
The get together feels he may attain out to younger voters and has elevated him over a number of senior leaders – a proven fact that has additionally given the AIADMK ammunition with which to assault.
Undaunted, although, and with only a day left earlier than campaigning should finish, Udhayanidhi is busy strolling, or hopping aboard an autorickshaw, to journey the slim lanes of his constituency – a celebration stronghold – and meet individuals.
Large teams of adoring supporters dot these lanes, welcoming him with showers of rose petals and the normal ‘aarti’, whereas others break coconuts.
A couple of weeks in the past, as he started his marketing campaign, Udhayanidhi was seen holding a spear (vel) – a weapon of Lord Muruga. With the BJP recognized for Hindutva politics and trying to increase its footprint within the state, these are indicators the DMK is making an attempt to current itself as a extra inclusive alternate.
Tamil Nadu votes in a single section on Tuesday with votes to be counted on May 2.
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