The AIADMK has fired a salvo at dynastic politics within the DMK after a photograph of a state minister’s office revealed a potrait of MLA and youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin adorning the wall alongside that of his father and chief minister MK Stalin, grandfather M Karunanidhi, and other DMK stalwarts.
Pointing it out, former fisheries minister D Jayakumar on Saturday tweeted a picture of Law Minister S Raghupathy’s office where the photo of the family scion could be seen hanging next to that of his father.
“Is he a defacto CM? Till now, we have never seen an MLA’s portrait in the Secretariat. We always have portraits of a former chief ministers or a current CM. We cant accept this. We live in a democratic country. It is not a King’s rule. They can keep their portraits in their residence,” Jayakumar told News18.com.
தலைமை செயலகத்தில்அமைச்சர் அலுவலகத்தில் உதயநிதி படம்…தலைமை செயலகமா ?அறிவாலயமா ? pic.twitter.com/9JY52DqUDz
— DJayakumar (@offiofDJ) July 17, 2021
Amid murmurs of Udhayanidhi Stalin extending his reach in the government far beyond his position as a lawmaker, the controversy surrounding the picture on the wall has stoked passions again.
The social media was abuzz with allegations and counter-allegations between the two Dravidian parties.
For the DMK, the role of Udhayanidhi Stalin has been cropping up repeatedly, even as Chief Minister Stalin accelerates initiatives of good governance and pandemic mitigation efforts.