Plea to participate in large numbers in the May 28 road roko
MADURAI: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday criticised the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, for not allowing Parvathiammal, mother of Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam leader, V. Prabhakaran, to enter Tamil Nadu to get medical treatment.
He was addressing a public meeting here to highlight the proposed agitation blocking all roads leading to Kerala on May 28.
Reacting to Mr. Karunanidhi's contention that he was not aware of Ms. Parvathiammal landing at Chennai airport, Mr. Vaiko questioned how a huge posse of police personnel was deployed at the airport before the flight could land. “Did the police come there without the Chief Minister's knowledge? Why did the police block me and P. Nedumaran (convenor of Mullaperiyar Dam Rights Retrieval Committee) from entering the airport though we had visitors' pass with us,” he said.
He also condemned Mr. Karunanidhi for his argument that Ms. Parvathiammal was denied entry into Tamil Nadu as she was blacklisted by the Centre based on a recommendation made by the former Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa. “If Ms. Parvathiammal was blacklisted, the Indian embassy in Malaysia could not have issued her a visa enabling her to visit India,” Mr. Vaiko said.
Mr. Karunadhi always had the liberty to reverse the previous Government's decision on allowing Ms. Parvathiammal, considering her condition, he said. He sought an apology from the Centre and the State for their “inhuman” act against an ailing aged woman.
On the dam issue, Mr. Vaiko said he had little hope that the Supreme Court could render justice to Tamil Nadu. He said that people of Tamil Nadu could not nurture any faith on the apex court that had reversed its own three-member bench verdict on the dam row by constituting a five-member committee to study the stability of the structure. He wondered what the panel was going to do after two Central committees had certified the stability of the dam and after which the Supreme Court allowed the level to be raised to 142 feet.
He wanted the people of Tamil Nadu to participate in large numbers in the May 28 road roko in the interest of the future generations of the five districts benefited by Periyar dam. “If we failed to check Kerala Government in its plan to decommission the dam, these districts would become a desert,” he said.
Mr. Nedumaran said that the Chief Minister could have put pressure on the Centre to implement the Supreme Court verdict on the dam issue citing the unrest caused in the State by the Opposition parties.
Communist Party of India's State deputy secretary, C. Mahendran, warned that nationalism should ensure that every citizen was equally treated. The party always fought for Tamil Nadu's right on land and water issues.