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THANJAVUR: Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) general secretary Thol. Thirumavalavan has appealed to minorities and non-Dalits to join his party.

He told presspersons here that he was making this appeal to broadbase his party and put minorities and non-Dalits in important positions.

This would rejuvanate his party, he said. He said that the central committee of his party recently dissolved the old state and district committees. Three committees have been appointed for nominating fresh office-bearers and it will be completed before November end. A seven-member co-ordination committee with him as the chairman will oversee the process.

Next to Uttar Pradesh, Dalits are a force to reckon with in politics only in Tamil Nadu, Thirumavalavan claimed.

He alleged that communal and religious forces were trying to destroy his party in collusion with central intelligence officers.

The arrest of Vanniyarasu, his party’s propaganda secretary, was an example, he said. The police have linked him to the LTTE.

Extremist outfits like LTTE and Naxalites would not like to have any connection with parties that are popular among people. These outfits would not like to take any help from these parties. His party members would not indulge in any action that would jeopardise the country’s sovereignty, he said.

He appealed to the State Government to take steps to create a cordial atmosphere for Dalits to offer worship at Kandampatti in Salem district. He also wanted the Government to go for an appeal in the Thinniyam case as the accused who put nightsoil into the mouth of a Dalit have been acquitted.

He asked the Indian Government to take steps to reach food and medicine to starving Tamils in Sri Lanka. He said that steps should be taken to send the drugs collected by Pazha Nedumaran.

He said that the VCK would stage an agitation at Madukkur on October 25 demanding water to tailend areas.

A State conference would be organised at Chennai to discuss the problems faced by unemployed Tamil pulavars and degree holders, he said.

He will participate in a meeting at Thanjavur on December 25 in memory of Keelavenmani Dalit victims.

He asked the Government to take steps to release a stamp on Tyagi Immanuel Sekaran.

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