Delhi: Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, issued a warning to Tamil Nadu Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin for making derogatory remarks. Udhayanidhi Stalin made the disparaging remark while baselessly alleging that the Centre was not allocating funds to Tamil Nadu to cover up the failures of the Stalin government. Udhayanidhi’s remark was, ‘We are not asking for anyone’s father’s money.’ In response, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman openly stated that words should be used carefully.
Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Uyanidhi asked about father’s money. Is he asking about father’s money because he came to power using his father’s money? Is Udayanidhi Stalin enjoying power using his father’s money? Wasn’t he elected by the people? There are certain manners in politics. He doesn’t need to refer to anyone’s father or mother. As a leader aspiring for growth in politics, he should use his words carefully.”
When Tamil Nadu was hit by rains, the Centre provided Rs 900 crore assistance to the Tamil Nadu government. Nirmala Sitharaman openly mentioned in the press conference that she is not saying this money as her father’s money or his father’s money. People in Tamil Nadu are protesting against the Stalin government for its failure to offer essential assistance to the rain-affected regions and for lack of basic facilities. DMK ministers are making baseless allegations against the central government to divert attention from this issue.