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Jayalalithaa hits back at Karuna for questioning her ‘silence’ on HRD plan

‘When Karunanidhi was the chief minister in 2009, the cabinet approved setting up of 20 model schools with the support of the Centre at a cost of Rs 75.40 crore. He did not do anything against the scheme and approved it,’ she said in a statement.

The chief minister said the people of Tamil Nadu would understand that Karunanidhi’s objections to the scheme now was only for political gains.

Jayalalithaa also sought to know why Karunanidhi had approved the scheme then despite being aware that the Centre was ‘interfering’ in the state’s rights on this issue.

The DMK chief had on 4 November described the initiative as yet another instance of the centre’s interference in the state’s rights and asked the Jayalalithaa government to take up the matter with the centre.

By not consulting the state or taking it into confidence, the centre had set a ‘wrong precedence’ by allowing privatisation of education, the DMK patriarch had alleged.  While there has been opposition to this proposal, including from a section of academicians, the state government has remained mum, which, he said, was ‘puzzling.’
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