MDMK general secretary and Peoples Welfare Front coordinator Vaiko has alleged that Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has stashed thousands of crores of rupees inside a sprawling bungalow at Siruthavur in Kanchipuram district.
The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader said the bungalow was being used to store at least Rs 2,000 crore while addressing an election meeting in Tirunelveli in southern Tamil Nadu on Monday evening.
Vaiko, who is facing allegations from his political opponents of being the B-Team of Jayalalithaa and accusations of having been “bought” over by the AIADMK supremo, added there were unconfirmed reports of underground bunkers in the bungalow.
Vaiko has also written a letter to the chief election commissioner, state’s chief electoral officer and TN DGP requesting them to launch a raid on the bungalow and demanded a probe into the issue.
He alleged that money is being transported in trucks to the bungalow, where chief minister Jayalalithaa stays over frequently. He added that 10 trucks, covered with tarpaulins, entered the bungalow on Monday.
DMK treasurer and former deputy chief minister MK Stalin also raised the issue and sought a thorough, impartial probe into the matter.
The AIADMK, however, dismissed Vaiko’s charges as “silly statements”. Party spokesperson CR Saraswathi said Vaiko is making one silly statement or the other every day to remain in news and get publicity.
“I deny the charges as absolutely baseless,” she said. “People are not voting for money. They will be voting for Amma for what all she has done for them,” she added.