Parties to step up Statehood campaign

Want review petition in SC over nominated MLAs issue

An all-party meeting convened by the ruling Congress on Wednesday decided to take its fight for full Statehood to the national capital.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, has passed a resolution to stage a protest in front of Parliament to press for its demand for Statehood.

Another resolution urging the government to file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a review of its judgment upholding the nomination of three BJP leaders as MLAs was also passed.

Mr. Narayanasamy said representatives of various political parties, including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi have agreed to hold a joint demonstration in front of Parliament to press for Statehood.

Leaders were unanimous in their demand for filing a review petition in the Supreme Court regarding the nominated MLAs issue, he said.

The meeting condemned the undemocratic style of functioning of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi, he said.

Pradesh Congress Committee president and Minister for Public Works A. Namassivayam said the government would press the Centre to amend the Union Territories Act, 1964 to provide more power to the elected government.

Immediate priority

“Getting Statehood is a long process.

“The immediate solution is to amend the Act so that the elected government gets more power,” he said.

Mr. Namassivayam said he was of the opinion that the government should approach the court to recall the judgment in the nominated legislators case.

Principal Opposition party N.R. Congress, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and Bharatiya Janata Party boycotted the all-party meeting.

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