CPI(M) seeks statement from DMK president and former Chief Minister K. Karunanidhi
Communist Party of India (Marxist) has criticised the silence maintained by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the illegal granite quarrying issue in Madurai district.
The party MLA, R. Annadurai, who addressed at a protest demonstration here on Saturday, said the DMK president and former Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, has been silent on the multi-crore scam involving illegal quarrying of granite for several years. Even as the report of former Collector U. Sagayam contended that huge volume of granite was illicitly quarried causing huge loss to the State exchequer, the DMK has not clarified its stand. “Mr. Karunanidhi should come out with a statement as to whether he supported the people of Madurai on the issue or the granite firms,” he said.
Citing a Supreme Court verdict that upheld the decision of Jharkand Government’s decision to cancel licenses issued to few companies for quarrying iron ore, the party urban district secretary, B. Vikraman, said the Tamil Nadu Government should cancel the licenses issued to the companies that had indulged in illegal quarrying of granite. The party rural district secretary wanted the Government to attach the properties of the violating granite companies to pay compensation to the farmers and residents of several villages in Melur taluk affected by illegal quarrying.
Terming the loss of revenue to the State exchequer due to illegal granite quarrying to the extent of around Rs. 30,000 crore, the party functionary, S.K. Ponnuthai, said the State Government need not have increased the price of milk, bus fare and electricity charges if such a huge sum of money was realised through granite quarrying.
Another leader, R. Jothiram, said that TAMIN should start the granite quarrying with new vigour so that employment opportunities of workers were not affected.