DMK favours bringing PM under Lokpal

UPA partner DMK on Sunday favoured bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the proposed Lokpal Bill.

Coimbatore: UPA partner DMK on Sunday favoured
bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the proposed
Lokpal Bill saying party chief M Karunanidhi had introduced `a
pioneering anti-graft bill` in Tamil Nadu in 1973 itself
bringing under its ambit the chief minister.

"Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) had in 1973 moved the pioneering
anti-graft bill in February 1973 whose highlight was that it
brought under its ambit the Chief Minister, former chief
ministers, ministers and former ministers, Mayors and former
Mayors and other elected representatives," a resolution
adopted at the DMK General Council meeting said.

BJP leader LK Advani, who was then with the Jan Sangh, had
welcomed the Bill and expressed happiness over the Chief
Minister being included under its ambit, it said.

"The General Council accepts and insists his (Karunanidhi)
stand on including the Prime Minister under the government`s
proposed Lokpal Bill," the resolution said.

On the Tamil Nadu Government forming special police cells
to handle land grabbing cases covering previous DMK regimes,
the Council referred to Karunanidhi`s statement that he was
not averse to police taking action against genuine offenders
and but cases prior to 2006 should also be included.

On the issue of fuel prices hike, the council criticised
the Centre saying prices were revised under `some excuse`.

It also resolved that poor people had been hit by the
recent hike in prices of LPG and kerosene as the prices of
essential commodities had spurted.

It also demanded the roll back of fuel price hike. Another resolution said the state government should act on
the Siruthavur land issue, in which Jayalalithaa`s name had
figured, and restore the land to Dalits.

On the uniform system of school education issue, the
meeting condemned Jayalalithaa for not ordering distribution
of the textbooks to students despite the court`s verdict in
favour of the DMK launched system.

It described as "politics of hatred" the Jayalalithaa
government freezing constructions in new assembly-secretariat
complex and setting up an Inquiry Commission to go into its
alleged irregularities.

Another resolution said the AIADMK Government was
"narrow-minded" in doing away with the Legislative Council
only because the DMK revived it.

Among others, the council wanted immediate implementation
of the 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and
Assemblies, asked the Centre to intervene and prevail upon
Kerala to drop its move to construct a new dam across
Mullaperiyar river and help Tamil Nadu uphold its rights and
implement the Sethusamudram project.

In order to strengthen and restructure the constitution of
the party, the meeting constituted a seven-member committee
headed by its MP TKS Elangovan.

The committee will discuss suggestions received from more
than 1,000 office-bearers in favour and against restructuring
the rules and also the constitution and submit its report in
the next general council.

The suggestions were received in response to a request by
Karunanidhi to strengthen the functioning of the party from
the grass root to headquarters level.


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