Nation should be called United States of India, says MDMK
Kancheepuram: MDMK, a strong votary
of state autonomy, today demanded that the Constitution be
"thoroughly reviewed" to give the country a "true federal set
up" and the nation be called United States of India, instead
of Union of India.
At a special conference here, Marumalarchi Dravida
Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) said DMK founder late C N Annadurai
had given up the demand for a separate Dravidian state, but
while doing so, had stated that reasons for that concept
remained and the party wanted autonomy for states.
"To establish a true federal nation, the Constitution
should undergo a thorough review and the nation should be
called United States of India, instead of Union of India," the
MDMK, an offshoot of the DMK and floated by Vaiko, said in a
resolution passed at the meet.
Reiterating its commitment to set up a separate
homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils in their country, another
resolution said Tamils in India were duty-bound to remove them
from the 'slavery' of Sri Lankan government.
"The MDMK will not compromise on its basic demand of
establishing Tamil Eelam," the resolution said.
Another resolution said the party would fight next
year's polls to the Tamil Nadu assembly in alliance with
AIADMK to defeat the ruling DMK, which it alleged had imposed
an 'unannounced emergency' in the state.