Within a day of the Tamil Nadu Governor, Banwarilal Purohit, alleging that crores of rupees changed hands in the appointment of vice-chancellors in universities across the state, the DMK chief, MK Stalin termed the statement a 'big joke'
Stalin said that he has sought time from the Governor to meet him. Addressing a gathering on Saturday, the Governor said that after getting to know about the developments, he thought things had to change.
“The Tamil Nadu Governor’s statement with regard to corruption prevalent in appointing Vice Chancellors is a big joke. It shows that Tamil Nadu Governor has not taken any action. We have sought time to meet him,” said Stalin.
The Governor went on to say that he selected nine vice-chancellors till date only on the basis of merit and nobody can raise a finger against him. From vice-chancellors to primary school teachers, all appointments should be made on the basis of merit.
The Governor’s remarks have virtually strengthened the opposition’s criticism against the AIADMK government on the appointment of vice-chancellors, he said. The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) too had in February demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into alleged corruption in the universities of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, Stalin had expressed concerns over the Election Commission’s decision to postpone by-polls in Thiruvarur and Thirupparankundram Assembly constituencies. He said that polls were held in November 2016 and December 2017. He also asked what was the need to postpone the by-polls in Thiruvarur and Thirupparankundram constituencies.
On Sunday, Stalin visited voters’ enrolment special camps in some parts of the city, which is normally visited by junior functionaries. As per a party release, Mr. Stalin went to camps at Kolathur, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar and Villivakkam.