Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who has been reiterating that extremists are present in Tamil Nadu, today urged Chief Minister K Palaniswami to act tough against them to save the state from an impending 'big threat.'
The senior BJP leader said he has been warning of the presence of extremist elements in the state for the past one year and a half and "even during the regime of (late Chief Minister J) Jayalalithaa."
"I am confident naxalites, Maoists, Muslim extremists and extremist groups who promote secessionism in the name of Tamil have infiltrated many groups. There is a chance that they could have infiltrated the media also," he said.
The media should especially 'expose' such persons and help save democracy, he added.
"The Chief Minister should use all his powers to control the extremists. If (he) can't do so, there is no point (for him) in ruling (the state)," he said.
it should be noted whether they were mere protests or "were being held with some kind of a conspiracy."
Earlier, he told reporters in Madurai that work on All India Institute of Medical Science would begin shortly at Thoppur in Madurai district, following clearance given by the
Union health and family welfare ministry. "The setting up of AIIMS in Madurai will be a big boon for the people of southern districts," he said.
Meanwhile, District Collector Veeraraghava Rao said about 200 acres of land to set up the institute would be handed over to the Central government for AIIMS, once the Government Order was issued in this regard.
The government would provide all that was required for AIIMS, including power and water supply, he said.
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