The “takeover” of Periyar Mavatta Panchalai Thozhilalar Sangham building in Coimbatore by the Labour Progressive Front has happened with the knowledge of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko alleged here on Thursday.

A legal battle is on between the LPF (a trade union of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and the MDMK’s Marumalarchi Labour Front over the possession of the building.

The MDMK leader alleged that the signatures of MLF leader S. Duraisamy and a few others had been forged in the takeover process. “If this can happen to a union office, then no property is safe in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Accusing the Government of supporting such illegal and unethical acts, he said the MLF would seek legal recourse on the issue.

This was not the first time the DMK’s labour wing was indulging in such acts. There had been several attempts for nearly a decade and on one such occasion the MDMK had to move the High Court for relief, he said.

Mr. Vaiko also criticised the police for not acting as per the April 30 orders of the Additional District Sessions Court, Coimbatore, which said that the union led by Mr. Duraisamy was entitled to occupy the union office.

The MDMK and 10 other organisations would block all roads leading to Kerala from Tamil Nadu on May 28 to highlight to the people of Kerala the truth in the Mullaperiyar Dam and other water sharing issues. Four lakh acres would turn fallow if the Kerala Government was allowed to go ahead with its plan on Mullaperiyar and other dams.

Mr. Vaiko, however, clarified that the road blockade was not against the Tamil Nadu Government or the people of Kerala. It was only to voice the demands of the people in Tamil Nadu. It would be carried out in a peaceful manner, he added.


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