The statement made by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi that he had been helpful regarding certain sensitive issues revolving around the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes was misleading and it had hurt the people, said former MLA and Makkal Viduthalai Katchi (People Liberation Party) founder S.K. Murugavel Rajan here on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the DMK leader had tactically created confusion among the different sub-sects of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe. For instance, the statement that during the AIADMK regime, there was rise in violence against the SC/ST tribe was wrong. There had always been murders and other heinous crimes against the section only during the DMK regime.

The trouble in Uthapuram between two castes had caused extensive damage and the DMK conveniently neglected the appeals by the weaker section.

Similarly, Mr. Karunanidhi failed to recognise Devendra Kula Vellalar (a sub sect in the SC/ST tribe) and his twisted remarks regarding Arunthathiyars and others only caused heartburns within the community.The State government should immediately drop the use of “Adi-Dravida” in government department and instead name it as Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Welfare Department, which is in vogue all over the nation. The Makkal Viduthalai Katchi members would soon stage dharna in front of the offices of the “Adi-Dravida Welfare Department” all over the State and paint the boards with “tar”, he said and added that the Madurai airport should be named only after Tyagi Immanuel Sekaran.

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