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Bardhan for debate on judicial review order

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FIRST COPY: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi reading ` Janasakthi' newspaper at a function in Chennai on Thursday. CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan (left) and the CPI secretary D. Raja are also in the picture. Photo: S. S. Kumar
FIRST COPY: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi reading ` Janasakthi' newspaper at a function in Chennai on Thursday. CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan (left) and the CPI secretary D. Raja are also in the picture. Photo: S. S. Kumar

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Releases first copy of party mouthpiece,Janasakthi, a Tamil daily

CHENNAI: Communist Party of India general secretary A.B. Bardhan on Thursday called for a debate by all sections of society on issues relating to the recent Supreme Court order that there could not be any blanket immunity from judicial review of laws inserted in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution.

Releasing the first copy of Janasakthi, a Tamil daily run by the party here, Mr. Bardhan said the judgment was a matter of great importance, as it would have serious implications if not considered from all aspects.

Describing the legislations for reservation as part of the struggle against feudalistic forces, he said the quota system became essential when a large number of people among the deprived sections, including Dalits and adivasis, were kept out of the process of national advance.

Issues such as social justice could not be left to the wisdom of a few judges alone. Since the best judges of the situation were the people, the elected representatives enacted laws that were included in the Ninth Schedule. They could not be subjected to judicial review.

Citing an example, Mr. Bardhan said the 69 per cent reservation system, which was in vogue for many years in Tamil Nadu, was essential to ensure social harmony and progress of the State. There need be no clash between the judiciary and the legislature, as the founding fathers of the Constitution had clearly defined the role of the judiciary and the responsibilities of the legislature.

Dubbing communalism and casteism as the worst evils of society, he said even in Tamil Nadu where social reformers from time immemorial had launched struggles for social justice discriminatory practices against the Dalits continued.

While commending the State Government for implementing schemes, including distribution of free colour television sets and gas connection, he urged Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to expedite the redistribution of the wasteland scheme.

Mr. Karunaidhi, who received the first copy of the daily, said the State Government would organise functions to commemorate the birth centenary of P. Jeevanantham, founder of the journal. Recalling his long association with the world of journalism, he highlighted the difficulties faced by good journals in highlighting people's issues. State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) N. Varadarajan stressed the need for an unrelenting struggle against communalism, besides voicing the demands of the working people. Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss said the media should be impartial.

Jnanpeeth award winner D. Jayakanthan, CPI national secretary D. Raja, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnasswamy, State Indian Union Muslim League president Kader Mohideen, State CPI secretary D. Pandian, CPI national executive member R. Nallakannu and Dravidar Kazhagam general secretary Kali Poongunran addressed the meeting.

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