Another initiative of Karunanidhi regime reversed
The Assembly passed an unanimous resolution against reviving the Legislative Council.
Chennai: The AIADMK government reversed
another initiative of the Karunanidhi regime on Tuesday when the
Assembly passed a unanimous resolution against reviving the
Legislative Council with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa charging
that DMK had tried to bring back the upper house only to
accommodate his family members and supporters.
The resolution moved by Jayalalithaa said the decision
to create Legislative Council in Tamil Nadu be withdrawn and
Parliament take necessary steps to implement it.
However, DMK and ally Congress were not present during
voting on the resolution as they had walked out over the issue
of Uniform Education, a DMK initiative which the government
intends to change.
Jayalalithaa, whose mentor and AIADMK founder MG
Ramachandran had abolished the Upper House in 1986 when he was
chief minister, charged DMK with reviving it just to
accommodate family members and other supporters.
"When the (previous) DMK government adopted a
resolution to revive the council, then chief minister M
Karunanidhi`s son MK Stalin had already been made deputy
chief minister. His other son MK Alagiri and grandnephew
Dayanidhi Maran were central ministers and daughter Kanimozhi
a Rajya Sabha MP.
"I wish to point out that the council was sought to be
revived to accommodate the rest in the (DMK) family and other
supporters of DMK and not to solicit viewpoints," she claimed.
She also said that whenever DMK came to power it
sought to revive the council and AIADMK abolish it.