PTR May Be Removed as Finance Minister Amidst Audio Clip Row: Sources.
Sources say that Palanivel Thiagarajan, the Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu, might be removed from his current position in Stalin’s Cabinet reshuffle. This reshuffling comes after an audio clip of him criticizing the Stalin government leaked online.
According to sources, PTR’s tenure as Finance Minister could end soon due to the leaked audio clip. While there is no official announcement yet, PTR’s position in the Cabinet might be given to a senior leader in the DMK party.
The leaked audio clip, which went viral on social media, allegedly showed PTR criticizing Stalin’s government’s performance in areas such as vaccine procurement and management, administration of the COVID-19 crisis, and the overall functioning of the government. After its release, PTR faced a lot of criticism from both his party and the opposition.
PTR, however, maintained that the audio clip was selectively edited and that his statements were taken out of context, and he asked for the release of the full recording. In a press conference, he even stated that he was ready to resign from his position if the allegations were proven true.
The DMK party leaders recognized the significance of the controversy and held a meeting to discuss the matter. They also maintained that the party would take appropriate action against PTR if the allegations were proven true. Several senior leaders of the DMK might not be happy with PTR’s performance, which could affect his position in the Cabinet reshuffle.
The DMK party is planning to reshuffle its Cabinet to accommodate new entrants, women, and members of other communities who were not represented earlier. However, no official announcement has been made regarding the same.
The government of Tamil Nadu is facing criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine distribution, and other issues. The opposition parties are taking advantage of the situation to highlight the shortcomings of the government, which could put the ruling DMK party in a difficult position ahead of the upcoming elections.
In conclusion, PTR’s removal from the Cabinet reshuffle due to the leaked audio clip might come as a surprise to many. However, the DMK party leaders will have to make some tough decisions in the coming days regarding PTR’s fate and how it will affect the party’s chances in the upcoming elections.