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Jayalalithaa urges PM to remove Alagiri

Posted on Jan 24, 06:52PM | IBNS

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove Union Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister M.K. Alagiri in connection to alleged fertilizer subsidy scam, besides demanding an investigation into the matter.

"According to reports, the fertiliser companies made a windfall profit of nearly Rs 1,000 crore because of the fertiliser ministry headed by DMK chief M Karunanidhi's son MK Alagiri. In the name of subsidy to farmers, government money has been looted and the Central government and the farmers have lost Rs 1,000 crore", Jayallaithaa said in a statement.

She said Alagiri, who is Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi's son, did not play attention to Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Kumar Jena's note that informed him on the alleged irregularities.

"When the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers himself gave a note to prevent loss in his department, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Alagiri neglected that resulting in a loss of around Rs.1,000 crore to the government and the farmers," she said.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ( AIADMK) supremo has demanded Singh to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter.

Pertinently, the DMK is a key ally of the Congress party at the Centre and the second largest constituent of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition.