Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi today described as "baseless" various charges levelled against him and his government by Opposition AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa.
Karunanidhi, in a letter to his party men, refuted the charges made by her during AIADMK's recent protest meeting at Coimbatore.
On the charges made by Jayalalithaa on the expired and spurious drug scam, the Chief Minister said he had already given a detailed reply on the issue in the state Assembly.
Stating that the scam had prevailed during the previous AIADMK regime, he said it was his government which had busted the racket and arrested 40 people in this connection.
Pointing out that 19 of them were detained under the Goondas Act and the probe taken up by the CB-CID police, Karunanidhi said licenses of eight pharma firms, involved in pushing back expired drugs into the market by fixing fresh labels containing new manufacturing and expiry dates and in sale of spurious drugs, were cancelled.
The Drug Control Authorities were in the process of cancelling licences of more companies in this regard, he said.
On Jayalalithaa questioning his "silence" on the power crisis in the state, Karunanidhi said she had been claiming that Tamil Nadu remained a power surplus state during her rule.
But the actual situation was that the present shortfall in power was due to increase in demand after the ruling DMK allowed setting up of a number of industries for industrial development.
Steps were being taken to address the shortfall, he said.
Denying that DMK government had collected Rs 2,000 crore for holding the the recent World Classical Tamil conference at Coimbatore, he dared Jayalalithaa to prove her charge.
The government had not collected any amount from any company or people and the meet was conducted with government funds, he said.
Denying her charges outright that the DMK regime had not done anything on the Cauvery river water issue, Karunanidhi listed out the steps taken by his government, including filing of special leave petitions in the Supreme Court.
Recalling the various steps taken by his government before the Apex Court, Karunanidhi said it was only after the Tamil Nadu advocates brought it to the notice of the Chief Justice of India, the case was scheduled to come up for hearing in the first week of August.