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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

TN Congress wants extension of ban on LTTE

By Asian Tribune Special Correspondent

New Delhi, 15 May (Asiantribune.com):Tamil Nadu Congress party wants the ban on LTTE to continue. "The Karunanidhi government should recommend to Delhi extension of the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam," the Congress Legislature Party leader D. Sudarssanam told the Assembly in Chennai.Muthuvel Karunanidhi: "I request you all to refrain from celebrating my birthday and on calling on me. I will not be in Chennai for a whole week." Muthuvel Karunanidhi: "I request you all to refrain from celebrating my birthday and on calling on me. I will not be in Chennai for a whole week."

Pointing out that the ban on LTTE imposed by the Centre under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act since 1992 would end shortly, Sudarssanam urged the DMK government to act against organizations organizing meetings and rallies in support of the LTTE. He was participating in the debate on the demand for grants to the Home, Prohibition and Excise Department. He appealed to the State government not to allow extremist elements to grow in the State.

On the Gold Quest multi-level marketing scam that has adversely affected the lives of several poor and middle class families, the Congress leader said properties seized from the company management should be distributed among the affected.

Pollachi V. Jayaraman (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) complained that adequate security was not being provided to his party general secretary Jayalalithaa.. The mystery surrounding the murder of former Minister T. Kiruttinan should be cleared.

He wanted to know the status of the case of assault on the Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin at the Madurai railway station in June 2006.

PMK attacks DMK

Pattali Makkal Katchi, a key DMK ally, has once again attacked the Karunanidhi government accusing it of failure on many fronts during its two years tenure.

"I can only say that the government has not passed the test," PMK founder S Ramadoss, told reporters in Chennai.

He said the government, which completed two years in office on May 13 Tuesday, was "unable to stop sale of ganja", near schools. "The police was ineffective".

He also criticized that sale of lottery tickets, which was banned in 2003, was still going on.

"In some places, it is done with the support of police and in most places, political patronage is being offered. This has ruined the rural economy", he claimed. PMK leader's other area of concern is 'disparity' between Tamil and English medium students. He feels that English medium students have cornered a lion’s share of seats in the professional courses, though they constituted only 25 per cent of the total number of students who passed the Plus Two examinations.

This trend made the Tamil medium students second class students and if allowed to continue, it would be dangerous, PMK chief said.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi’ Birthday

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi will turn 85 on June three. He has appealed to his supporters not to celebrate his birthday and refrain from calling on him on that day.

"I request you all to refrain from celebrating my birthday and on calling on me. I will not be in Chennai for a whole week," he said in a statement.

Karunanidhi said considering his mental and physical strain he should be relieved from the task of receiving visitors and accepting their greetings on his birthday.

- Asian Tribune -

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