Chennai, Dec 27 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa today received support from unexpected quarters, with her arch-rival and DMK President M Karunanidhi condemning the Centre for humiliating her at the 57th meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) at New Delhi.
Talking to reporters here he said, "if the Centre had humiliated Ms Jayalalithaa, it is condemnable." Earlier in the day, Ms Jayalalithaa walked out of the meeting in protest after her speech was curtailed to ten minutes. She said it was a 'big humiliation' that her speech was stopped after ten minutes. When reporters sought his reaction to her walk out at the NDC meet, Mr Karunanidhi said if Ms Jayalalithaa was humiliated at the NDC meeting, it should be condemned". He said he would come out with more details after getting the full details.
Stating that he had attended several NDC meetings and Conferences of CMs, Mr Karunanidhi said the CMs would read out the prepared speech till the time alloyted to them before treating as read, the remaining part of the speech. He contended that Ms Jayalalithaa was allowed to speak in the beginning as she wanted to return to the city early. "All the CMs will be asked to speak for ten minutes. A symbolic bell will be rung after ten minutes.
But this should not construed that the CM should wind up her speech at that time. After that the CMs can speak for another five or ten minutes", Mr Karunanidhi said, adding he had also spoken like that, before asking them to treat the rest of the speech as read. "This is the usual practice", he added.