UT status for Karaikal `untenable`, says Narayanasamy
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 20:12
  
Puducherry: Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture V Narayanasamy on Sunday termed as 'untenable' and 'wishful thinking,' the demand of the Karaikal Struggle Group that it be made a separate Union Territory after delinking from Puducherry.

"The demand of KSG is untenable and lacks public support. It is just wishful thinking," he told a news agency.

Narayanasamy pointed out that Congress had bagged sizeable number of votes in the May 13 Lok Sabha poll, "proof that the people of Karaikal are one with the Congress policy of keeping the whole Union Territory (Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam) as one entity."

Listing out various developmental works undertaken by the territorial government in Karaikal, he said he would be glad if KSG furnished proof to show how much of the Centre's financial allocation to Karaikal had not been used.

He pointed out that the government had also been persuading the Centre to sanction more powers as were available to a full fledged State, to the territorial administration, to ensure balanced growth of all four regions.

The KSG, an 'apolitical organisation, was formed in 2005 and comprises freedom fighters, senior citizens and other people.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 20:12


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