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In praise:R. Annadurai, left, Madurai South MLA, going around MUTA expo in Madurai on Saturday.
In praise:R. Annadurai, left, Madurai South MLA, going around MUTA expo in Madurai on Saturday.

: Making a sharp attack on the Manmohan Singh government for its spate of economic liberalisation reforms, CPI(M) MLA R. Annadurai said that the trend was going in such a way that even Parliament might be privatised.

“Already, the UPA government at the Centre has announced a series of privatisation measures in the name of reforms. It has permitted foreign direct investment in retail and insurance. Higher education sector is being given to private sector. If this is the trend, we are afraid that this government may permit FDI by selling our Parliament too,” he remarked.

Mr. Annadurai expressed anguish over the economic reforms while addressing the members of Madurai Kamaraj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar, Mother Teresa and Alagappa University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) at its 21{+s}{+t}general conference here on Saturday.

Describing the UPA government as a ‘sinking boat,’ he appealed to the teaching fraternity to join the anti-reforms struggle and protect the interests of common man. “Take issues to the people and create an awareness of the perils of FDI,” he said while inaugurating an exhibition depicting growth of MUTA. The MLA also heaped praises on the association for its various agitations in the last 42 years fighting for issues related to college and university teachers.

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