Chennai: DMK patriach and Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday charged AIADMK leader
Jayalalithaa with shedding `crocodile tears` for Muslims and
said her election promise to increase reservation quota for
them if voted to power was only an attempt to deceive them.
Asserting that it was his government which provided 3.5
per cent reservation for Muslims, he said in the DMK`s
official organ `Murasoli` that the minority community could
not be deceived by her statement.
He said the `bondage` between Muslims and DMK had begun
from the days of IUML founder late Mohammed Ismail and DMK
founder late C N Annadurai and it continued even now.
When IUML on its own gave up one seat to accomodate the
Congress demand of 63 seats for the April 13 polls, he himself
had initiated steps for merger of IUML and Tamil Nadu
National League and restored three seats to IUML.
"What did Jayalalithaa, who now speaks of increasing the
quota do when she was Chief Minister for two terms?" he asked.
Recalling her speech in the National Integration Council
meeting in 1991 supporting Kar Seva during the Ram Janmabhoomi
movement, Karunanidhi said she went on record to say that if
Muslims were given reservation, it would open up a Pandora`s
box as other minorities would also raise such a demand.
Karunanidhi said she had even asked if there was no place
for a Ram temple at Ayodhya where else would it then be?
Would Muslims forget all these remarks and believe her
speech for increasing the quota for them, he asked.